After being startled by a mousetrap his brother set in an effort to play a prank, a Woodbury man allegedly began punching his sibling in the head and now faces a felony assault charge.
Matthew Joseph Nelson, 23, was the apparent victim of the Jan. 13 prank that sparked the altercation and left his brother needing four stitches to close a cut on his lip.
According to the criminal complaint:
Woodbury police were called to a home at the 2300 block of Cascade Plaza South on a report of a domestic assault between brothers.
They had been helping their mother set mousetraps.
Nelson’s mother and brother were teasing him about setting a mousetrap in his bed, and he later decided to leave.
When he went downstairs to his room to get his keys, he opened the door and a mousetrap went off, startling Nelson, who then threw a pillow at his brother.
A struggle ensued, with Nelson’s brother putting him in a bear hug in an effort to restrain him. Nelson allegedly punched his brother several times in the head.
His brother suffered a cut on his lip that required four stitches.
Nelson told police he was trying to defend himself.
He also faces a misdemeanor charge of inflicting bodily harm.