MN Veteran Struck In Face By Thrown Vise While Driving

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) — An Iraq War veteran is in the hospital after someone threw a metal vise through his windshield.

It was about 10:30 p.m. Monday night when a police officer called Shannon Stacke to tell her that her husband had been hit in the face with a vise. John Stacke, an Iraqi War veteran, was rushed to the hospital.

Stacke was driving south on Normandale Boulevard in Bloomington when the vise came through his windshield, breaking his jaw and shattering his teeth. The steering wheel likely saved his life.

“If that had gone straight into his face instead of that, I don’t think this would be the same story,” said Shannon.

It’s the sixth reported incident around Normandale Boulevard since Jan. 18, 2012. Police believe someone is throwing metal objects from the side of the road, or from a passing vehicle.

Stacke will need several surgeries before he makes a full recovery.

“It’s indescribable for someone to do something so stupid to such a good person, a good citizen in this world. That’s not fair,” said Shannon.

A fund has been set up at TCF Bank for his recovery. He is in stable condition at HCMC.

Bloomington police are offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bloomington Police at 952-563-8628.

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  • Miami Vice

    That’s gotta hurt

  • Steve

    What tis wrong with people??.

  • Mike

    I think we need the Vice Squad to look into this. I mean
    it’s already been a month and the cops can’t figure it out.

    • markH

      That’s because the average cop is an idiot, and most cops are below average.

  • ellen

    Doesn’t anyone in the media know the difference between “vice” and a “vise”?
    Does anyone care?

  • Dave Spellcheck

    Unless the author spells the British way, I’ll bet it was a VISE (clamping device) that got thrown, not VICE (immoral act). All the more despicable.

  • What Next?

    When this person(s) is/are caught, how about an eye for an eye or vise for a vise.

  • Rita

    OUCH I wonder how fast it was coming on impact? how fast was the car going too

    • Ian

      45 MPH

  • do do

    of all things, smacked in the face by a VISE….could it have been worse???

  • Niki

    And don’t you people that comment on news articles have something better to do then critique someone’s writing or spelling skills. A person got hurt, try to focus on that.

    • don't hold anyone accountable

      yeah….especially since that is what they went to school for…to WRITE. I guess spelling and grammar isn’t included with that huh? Lets all just settle for medi0crity should we.

  • Matt

    Another reason why MN needs to reinstate death penalty – I’d be OK if those pathetic idiots who do those kind of things get sent back to hell (where they came from and where they belong)

  • dev

    Get a degree then

  • Andy

    I bet it’s some 12 year old sociopath.

    • Uh huh

      And I’ll go on to bet it’s a minority – just you wait and see all you Al Sharpton A-hole$.

      • markH

        You mean like a Swede?

  • Chuck Figgers

    A $1500 Reward is a joke! It should be $15,000!

  • ouch

    A vise? Like a bench vise (which would make quite the projectile)? A vise grip type pliers? What exactly came through this poor guy’s windshield?

  • hope he's ok

    I hope he’s ok. He served our country and deserves to come home and have a good life with his smoking hot wife, not get hit in the face with a tool.

  • just sayin

    How big of a vice?? I mean – thats gotta weight something right?
    I’ve heard of kids dropping rocks on over-paths but from the side of the road?

    They’ll be caught – and they’ll be in some serious trouble.

    Blame bad parenting too.

  • Kevin

    So, he’s a vet. Does that change anything?

    • just sayin

      Show some respect loser.

      • Kevin

        But really, does it change anything?

    • don't hold anyone accountable

      Oh Kevin is up to his normal B.S. today. Geez I wish he would get hit in the head with a big sledgehammer.

    • stupid

      Yes. People like him fought for you to have the right to post stupid comments that you do.

  • Julie

    Does anyone have more information about the other 6 incidents that occured. I drive this path at least twice a day and am disappointed that this is the first we are hearing of it. i want to know informaiton on the other incideints.

  • Rufus Larkin

    For every time this kind of thing happens, there are several times when some object will accidentally detach, like, from a big rig, with no intentional crime involved, just carelessness.

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