A man who was charged with stabbing a stranger at a West Side steakhouse for no apparent reason was found not competent to assist in his own defense, and was ordered to be treated at a state mental hospital.

Rickey J. Resch, 49, said in court Monday that he agreed with a psychiatrist’s finding that he is not competent to proceed in the case against him. Dane County Circuit Judge Nicholas McNamara ordered Resch to be placed in the custody of the state Department of Health Services and treated until he is restored to competency, when the case against him can resume.

Resch was charged in July with first-degree reckless endangerment after police said he attacked a 63-year-old Freeport, Illinois, man with a steak knife as the man, who was in a wheelchair, ate a dinner celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife at LongHorn Steakhouse, 418 S. Gammon Road.

A criminal complaint states that most of the victim’s wounds were superficial, but some required stitches. The man was stabbed seven to eight times during the July 6 incident, the complaint states.

The man was able to knock Resch away, and staff at LongHorn tackled him and held him down until police arrived, the complaint states.


Ed Treleven is the courts reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.