New Berlin — The New Berlin man who was stabbed 10 times when two men tried to carjack his vehicle in front of his apartment complex advises other motorists that if their car is hit on a dark and lonely road to pull over, but not get out of their car and to call police, immediately.
Sasa Perkic, a native of Bosnia, was treated and released at a local hospital for stab wounds that were superficial because he wore a heavy coat.
The attempted carjacking started at 4:08 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, when a minivan hit his car at Calhoun Road and Glendale Drive. Perkic was coming home from his job as a bouncer and was about to turn into his apartment complex.
"I hopped out of the car to see if there was any damage," Perkic said.
But seeing the minivan passenger ran toward his car, Perkic turned around, caught up with him and yanked him to the ground by the shoulders. "I felt violated that someone was taking something that's mine."
Besides being a bouncer, Perkic had competed in no-holds barred mixed martial arts matches for 15 years, gaining a reputation in the US and Europe. Mixed martial arts is a full-contact combat sport conducted in a cage where the combatants can punch, kick or grapple.
Perkic had to admit, "I pounded the guy pretty good."
The driver, however, attacked Perkic who felt blows in his lower back near his kidneys.
"When he got to my shoulder, I felt a sharpness and I knew I was getting stabbed," he said. Letting the passenger go, Perkic grabbed the driver's ankle making him fall.
"He flipped back and took off," Perkic said. The passenger followed and the minivan sped off south on Calhoun Road.
New Berlin police are seeking the two men and the minivan described as being a late nineties to early 2000s model. It could be purple or gray and it has tinted windows.
Perkic said he wasn't scared.
"I was just upset," he said. Having competed in mixed martial arts for 15 years, "Fighting is another day at the office.
"But I never encountered a weapon."
His plan if the driver hadn't run off was simple.
"I was concentrating my energy on the guy who had the knife. I would just keep hitting him."
After his ordeal, Perkic went to work that night.
Where the car came from was puzzling, he said. Although the road was dark and empty, Perkic said he didn't see headlights approaching from behind.
"I saw the lights right before I got hit," he said.
Asked if he was suspicious about a vehicle hitting him on such a vacant road, he said.
"I come home in the middle of the night and encounter drunk people," he said. He thought it was just another drunk.
It's shocking that a violent carjacking should have been attempted in New Berlin, he said. The incident was almost in front of New Berlin Fire Station 5 and on a street bordering businesses in a city industrial park and with a large apartment complex on the other side of the street.
"I never thought in the world this would happen in New Berlin," Perkic said. "You hear stories about Milwaukee."
Perkic said he is just glad he's back home with his wife and two boys, ages 5 and 2.
"They are my joy," he said.