A New Berlin man fought back against potential carjackers early Wednesday morning after he says they rear-ended his car in order to rob him.
Sasa Perkic says he was stabbed ten times during the struggle, but only received surface wounds thanks to a thick jacket.
According to New Berlin police, it happened just after 4:00 a.m. near Calhoun Road and Glendale Drive.
Perkic says he was seconds away from arriving home after an overnight shift as a bouncer. That's when a mini-van rear-ended him.
Perkic says when he pulled over and exited his vehicle, one of the suspects tried to enter the car and drive off with it.
"I grabbed him, his hand, and behind the neck and just dragged him down," he said.
He says 15 years of mixed martial arts experience kicked in, and he fought off both the driver and passenger of the mini-van.
"If it wasn't for that, my confidence, my level of security, I would probably be like scared," said Perkic. "But I wasn't scared. I was just doing what I thought was right. Protecting myself and what's mine."
He says the driver of the car stabbed him ten times before the two men took off in their minivan. That's when Perkic called 911.
"What doesn't kill me is gonna make me stronger," he said.
According to investigators, the two men drove off in the minivan, which is described as a late 1990's to early 2000's model. It could be purple or gray and has tinted windows.
Neighbors who live near the scene said they were startled and somewhat scared.
"This stuff happens everywhere now, it really does," said Carol Stein, who's lived in New Berlin for more than 30 years. "I'm kind of resigned to it. You just have to be careful."
Chet LeRoy said he works third shift and often returns home around 3:00 a.m. to eat. He lives at the intersection of Calhoun & Glendale.
"It's a little scary to know I just missed it," LeRoy said.
He said it concerns him that the attempted carjacking happened on a stretch of road that's not busy at that time of day.
"Who knows if those guys were just lying in wait for a car?" LeRoy said. "Hopefully this isn't anything that turns into a trend. It's pretty quiet around here."