A Middleton man was charged Thursday with stabbing a co-worker about 20 times during a fight last week in the village of Darien.

Jason W. Thomas, 42, admitted to stabbing David Barrett and is now charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety with use of a dangerous weapon, according to a criminal complaint filed in Walworth County Court.

After police responded to the West Park area and saw Barrett on the ground, Thomas stepped forward and yelled something similar to, “It’s me. I did it. I’m who you’re looking for,” according to the complaint.

Thomas and Barrett had been “feuding for about two months,” the complaint states. The two work with an unspecified “carnival,” and Barrett had been living in a trailer while he was working there.

One officer reported arriving on the scene and finding two officers holding Thomas at gunpoint, according to the release.

Barrett appeared to have been stabbed about 20 times in the lower back and a few times in the stomach area, the complaint states. He was in and out of consciousness when police arrived.

An officer saw blood on the exterior door handle of Thomas’ trailer and another drop of blood inside, according to the complaint. The knife was later found with the contents of a portable toilet that had been drained.

Police spoke to Barrett at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville. He told police the two were wrestling, the complaint states.

Thomas was scheduled for his initial appearance at 1:15 p.m. Thursday.

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