Packers fan, upset by loss to Vikings, stabs Seahawks fanby Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — The heated match-off between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night was apparently too much to handle for one Packers fan, who allegedly stabbed a man outside a Minneapolis restaurant after his team lost.
Ryan Andrew Hinderaker, 30, of Minneapolis, has been charged with second-degree assault in connection with the incident.
Hinderaker allegedly stabbed 41-year-old Leif Heide outside the Leaning Tower of Pizza on South Lyndale Avenue, after trying to engage in an argument about the game.
Minneapolis Police spokesperson Sgt. William Palmer said the incident has left some officers puzzled, as Heide was a Seattle Seahawks fan.
"The victim didn't care one way or another who won," Palmer said. "I'm not quite sure what motivated this guy to pick on a Seahawks fan, but he stabbed him."
Hinderaker allegedly followed Heide outside, pulled a knife out of his right pants pocket, and stabbed the man in the stomach.
Palmer said that Hinderaker had left the scene by the time officers arrived, but he later called 911 and turned himself in. Police searched Hinderaker and found the knife in his pocket, according to the criminal complaint.
Heide was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center where he underwent surgery.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)