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Frustrated by teenage pranks, Farmington man faces assault charge

A 45-year-old Farmington man apparently had a bad reaction to a children's prank, and it could land him in trouble with the law.

According to a complaint filed Wednesday in the Dakota County Attorney's office, David Brad Dykhuizen was tired of kids playing regular games of ding dong ditch in his neighborhood. So, when they came by his house in early May, he grabbed one of them and delivered a warning.

The details about exactly what that warning involved differ depending on who you ask. The injured ditcher told police he was jogging away from a house May 5 after he and his friends rang the doorbell when he was tackled from behind and thrown into a fence. At first he thought it was one of his friends, but then the man who tackled him, later identified as Dykhuizen, punched him several times in the ribs and dragged him into the street by his hair. The boy told police Dykhuiszen told him that if he ding dong ditched again, he would "find him and beat him even worse."

The boy suffered a separated shoulder.

Police identified Dykhuizen based on the kids' description. They found him standing outside his house when they drove through the neighborhood later that day.

In a taped statement to police, Dykhuizen said he had gotten frustrated because his house had been targeted for the prank every other weekend for several months. He was waiting alongside his garage when the boys arrived on the night of the assault, and chased them as they ran away. He caught one boy and told police he grabbed him by the shoulders. He said the boy fell into the fence, and that he pulled him into the street to say he and the other neighbors were tired of the late-night bell ringing.

According to the complaint, Dykhuizen said he was not surprised the boy's shoulder had been injured.

If convicted on a felony third-degree assault charge Dykhuizen could face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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