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ND man threatens city employee who shut off his water, charges say

Andrew Mattson

ST. THOMAS, N.D.—A St. Thomas man has been accused of threatening the lives of a city employee and his wife after the employee turned the man's water off.

Andrew Arien Mattson, 33, had an initial appearance Monday in Pembina County District Court, where he has been charged with two Class C felonies—terrorizing with a dangerous weapon and preventing arrest—and a Class B misdemeanor of simple assault.

Mattson was arrested June 3 after he went to a St. Thomas city employee's home, according to court documents. He threatened to destroy the home before looking at the employee's wife and saying he would "snap her neck," according to court documents.

Mattson also grabbed a knife and told the employee he had "better say your goodbyes to your wife because you're next," court documents said.

Mattson also got into a physical confrontation with the city employee, which resulted in the accuser suffering scrapes on his wrist.

The city employee said he shut Mattson's water off after he used 10,000 gallons of water to "try to obtain minerals out of the soil in his yard," according to court documents.

St. Thomas is about 55 miles northwest of Grand Forks.