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Charges: Ding-dong ditcher chased down, attacked in Farmington

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A Farmington, Minn., man who was fed up with kids ding-dong ditching his house has been charged with third-degree assault after taking matters into his own hands.

According to the charges, 45-year-old David Dykhuizen told police his house had been ding-dong ditched every other weekend for several months. On the evening of May 4, his house was ding dong ditched at 10:15 p.m., so he went outside and stood near his garage, waiting for the kids to strike again.

Around 11 p.m. the ding dong ditchers returned. Dykhuizen chased the kids down and caught up with one of them, grabbing him by the shoulders.

The boy told police he was tackled by Dykhuizen and thrown into a fence. He alleged Dykhuizen punched him four or five times in the ribs and said if they ding-dong ditched him again, he would find him and beat him even worse.

Dykhuizen had a different story. He told police when he grabbed the kid by the shoulders, he fell down and into the fence. He said he pulled the boy into the street to get a better look at him and tell him the neighborhood was fed up with his antics.

The boy suffered a separated shoulder from the alleged assault.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom told FOX 9 News he can't remember a case where ding-dong ditch ended in criminal charges.

"I understand the frustration the homeowner can have if kids are coming and ringing their doorbell at 10, 11, 12 at night," Backstrom admitted. "I can understand that, but you can't take the law into your own hands."

The maximum penalty for third-degree assault is up to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine, but Backstrom told FOX 9 News he will probably ask the judge for no jail time, community service and a reimbursement of the boy's medical bills.

The criminal complaint did not specify the ages of the kids involved.

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