By Edgar Linares

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An Iraq War veteran wants justice after someone threw a metal vise through his windshield, smashing his face.

Jon Stacke was driving with a friend around 8:30 p.m. Monday night when the incident happened. They were returning from Normandale Lake when they turned south on Normandale Boulevard in Bloomington.

“I just got done passing a car and then at that moment I heard an explosion,” Stacke said.

But it wasn’t an explosion, it was a metal vise coming through his windshield. Stacke’s foot hit the accelerator but his friend took the steering wheel, put the car in neutral and pulled the emergency break.

“It could’ve been a lot worse situation if he had not been there,” Stacke said. “I could feel blood. I could feel my teeth were gone and the glass in my face.”

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

The vise broke his jaw and shattered six of his teeth. He also has cuts on his eyes and face from shattered glass. His wife Shannon Stacke says 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,” Shannon said.

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

Stacke is now at HCMC and 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,” Shannon said.

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.

“My whole career could’ve changed. I don’t have any teeth anymore. I’ve got to go through this. I’m putting my wife, my family and friends through this,” Stacke said. “I think they need to be caught and held for what they did.”

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

Comments (12)
  1. Stanley Peterson says:

    Check for fingerlprints? Maybe, it’s a person that has no ID? If, not you may be out of luck??? Maybe, the person is an illegal, then what? Remember, he could be a voter too?

  2. Chuck Figgers says:

    I still think a $1500 reward is a joke! It should be $15,000! All in favor say Aye!

    1. Mrs. Ida Wendeldorfer says:


    2. Mabel Hornschlinger says:


  3. Dos Equis Man says:


    1. Greg Looseanus says:

      Brown eye.

  4. Jay says:

    AYE! This man could have been killed. How many others are likely to get hit if the whacko that did this is not apprehended? Gotta get him before another incident occurs!

  5. devel says:

    we need street justace in this case, if he is caught, he will not see much jail time, if any……GET THE ROPE OUT….

  6. just sayin says:

    Who the F is sick enough to do stuff like that?
    Wow, people have some serious mental problems. To think their parents must be pathetic at raising them, or they’ll never succeed to anything.

    If it was my kid I’d throw a vise in his face.
    They’ll be caught.

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