Complaint: Delavan Super 8 stabbing victim was on phone with wife when he felt knife

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Jonah Beleckis
Monday, September 11, 2017

ELKHORNJuan Lopez-Perez told Delavan police he was talking on the phone with his wife on a recent Saturday when he suddenly felt a knife in his side.

Lopez-Perez said he ran out of Room 121 and into the hallway of the Delavan Super 8 Motel.

Police said they responded initially to a report of a man with possible appendicitis. When they arrived at the motel, they found Lopez-Perez on his back with a woman pressing a towel against his side, according to a criminal complaint filed last week in Walworth County Court.

Lopez-Perez was “moaning and screaming,” according to the complaint.

He told police Eduardo Godinez Diaz, 29, had stabbed him, according to the complaint.

Godinez Diaz now is charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety in connection with the alleged Sept. 2 incident. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

A nurse at Janesville's Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center told police Lopez-Perez's bowel had been cut but was repaired during surgery, according to the complaint.

Delavan Police Chief Timothy O'Neill said last week Lopez-Perez was in good condition.

Police reported finding Godinez Diaz either asleep or unconscious in Room 121, according to the complaint. He had dark spots, which appeared to be blood splatter, on his shirt and shorts, according to the complaint.

A preliminary breath test showed Godinez Diaz's blood alcohol concentration was 0.202, the complaint states.

Lopez-Perez later told police he had known Godinez Perez for 10 years and was not sure why the man had stabbed him, according to the complaint. They were joking like friends before he was stabbed, Lopez-Perez said.

Neither man had a permanent address, O'Neill said.

Godinez Diaz is set to appear in court at 1:15 p.m. Friday.

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