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Resident fights off intruder with firewood at NC home, police say

Matthew Lawrence Bergstedt (image courtesy Raleigh-Wake City-County Bureau of Identification)

A man accused of kicking in the door of an apartment in North Carolina met his match when a man inside clobbered him with a piece of firewood.

The Raleigh Police Department said it happened Monday on Shanda Drive off Spring Forest Road.

In a booking photo, 27-year-old Matthew Lawrence Bergstedt has two black eyes and several facial lacerations.

Police said after the resident hit him, Bergstedt fled and broke into a vacant apartment nearby. He was charged with breaking and entering and attempted breaking and entering.

Police said the incident was not a random act, as Bergstedt was once involved with a relationship with a woman in the apartment he attempted to enter.

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