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Police: Knocked-down snowman behind assault in Clinton

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James Knudsen was arrested for attacking two teens believed to have knocked down a snowman in his yard. (Clinton Police Photo) James Knudsen was arrested for attacking two teens believed to have knocked down a snowman in his yard. (Clinton Police Photo)
CLINTON, CT (WFSB) -

A man from Clinton was arrested Thursday for attacking two teenagers he claimed knocked down a snowman in his yard.

James Knudsen, 22, built a snowman during Winter Storm Easton on Thursday at his home at a trailer park on Old Mill Road.

Knudsen told police the juveniles had apparently knocked down a snowman in his yard earlier that day.

Police said Knudsen barged his way into his neighbors' home and grabbed a pool stick on his way to confront two juveniles.

"I got into an altercation with a friend. I walked over to his house and punched him to solve it," Knudsen said.

Knudsen swung the stick above his head, but eventually dropped it, police said. However, that's when they said he punched the 16-year-old and 17-year-old in their faces.

The teens sustained minor abrasions and lacerations, but did not require further medical attention, officers said.

Both minors denied any wrongdoing to police and said the snowman must've melted. The victim's father is livid and you could hear that when he called 911.

"I am a little aggravated," the victim's father said. "It doesn't feel too safe."

"It wasn't just that," Knudsen said when asked about why he assaulted two teenagers over a snowman.

Knudsen was charged with second-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct as well as two counts of third-degree assault.

Knudsen, who has a pending case involving a drug charge, was arraigned in Middletown Superior Court Friday.

"I chose the wrong action and I am suffering for it now," Knudsen said outside of court.

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