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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. 

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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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