UPDATE: Rochester Man Arrested on Felony Assault Charges

Matthew Bettridge - January 2017 Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. Matthew Bettridge - January 2017

February 17, 2017 09:37 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office arrested 26-year-old Matthew Bettridge for allegedly punching another man in the face and threatening to kill him. 

Just after 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, authorities got a call from a 33-year-old man that he was doing a child exchange with the mother of his child; when he was assaulted by Bettridge, who was there with the mother. It happened on the 5400  block of 125th Avenue NE in Viola Township. 


The victim told authorities that Bettridge punched him multiple times in the face and head. The victim had bruises on his face, a chipped tooth, and a cut on his hand. Bettridge also allegedly told the man he was going to kill him.

This all happened about 10-20 feet away from a 3-year-old child. 

Bettridge allegedly took off after the incident. Olmsted County officials say he was found hiding in a cupboard under a sink at the home of the child's mother in northwest Stewartville around 3:30 Thursday afternoon. 

He's facing a felony 3rd degree assault charge, a felony terroristic threats charge, and two 5th degree assault charges. 


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