Friday, March 17, 2006


Victim of prank allegedly whips out rifle

`A 20-year-old man who awoke after a party to find himself covered in syrup and dry oatmeal is facing a criminal charge after authorities say he turned a gun on the man who pulled the prank.

Witnesses told police they were just trying to ”get even” with Travis Maassen of La Crosse for pranks he had pulled in the past few days, according to a criminal complaint.

But Maassen ”freaked out,” emerging from a bedroom Friday with a .22 caliber bolt-action rifle, the complaint said. One man tackled Maassen after having the gun pointed at his head, the complaint said.’

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