An evening of fun at a concert in Dubuque turned strange for one concert-goer when another man ripped out his tracheotomy tube.
It happened Tuesday night at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque while the band Godsmack was performing.
Police say 38-year-old Darrell Abbott ripped the tracheotomy tube out of the throat of 36-year-old Brad Kluesner.
Police are charging Abbott with assault with injury.
Brad Kluesner says he was minding his own business in the front row at the concert. That’s when he says a stranger to him, Darrell Abbott, started bothering him.
“He was trying to get past us, he was just kind of pushing,” Kluesner said. “I was like ‘you’re not going to get past me, go around,’ whatever.”
That’s when police say Abbott grabbed Kluesner. Kluesner admits he fought back and punched Abbott.
Bouncers separated the two, but a few minutes later, Abbott came back.
“The next thing I know I felt fingers on the back of my head and I turned around as he’s grabbing my collar and the back of my necklace for my trache (tracheotomy tube),” Kluesner said.
Kluesner says his trache is attached to that necklace and is covered by his goatee, making it hard to see.
“I guarantee you he had no clue that I had (a trache),” Kluesner said.
Paramedics rushed Kluesner to the hospital where doctors replaced the tube. They released him a couple hours later, and he was back to work in Worthington Thursday.
“I don’t think it’s as bad as what it kind of seems,” Kluesner said. “Yes, I have a trache. But it doesn’t slow me down. I don’t let it stop me. ”
Kluesner promises he will see Godsmack in concert once again.
Abbott is still in the Dubuque County Jail. While in custody, Dubuque police say Abbott was sitting in a wheelchair and pushed it backwards into an officer. He’s now also charged with interference with official acts for that incident.