Man pleads guilty to threatening brother

A 48-year-old man pleaded guilty Oct. 30 in Anoka County District Court to a felony terroristic threat charge related to a Sept. 4 fight with his brother.

Douglas Martin Poeschl of Shoreview was originally charged with felony second-degree assault as well, but that will be dismissed at sentencing Dec. 10.

Poeschl’s brother refused tell Unity Hospital staff and police about what happened after he went to the hospital for treatment the evening of Sept. 4, but the hospital staff could tell he had been stabbed and called police.

Police interviewed this man’s neighbors in Circle Pines and learned that they had seen a man enter the garage and then leave after they heard loud noises.

The next day, Poeschl’s brother admitted that Poeschl had stabbed at him several times with a knife in his garage, but only punctured his skin once and he did not want to get his brother in trouble, according to the complaint.

Poeschl’s brother suffered tissue and ligament damage and required surgery to reattach a ligament in his left arm, Unity Hospital staff told the police. Authorities recovered a knife with apparent blood on it in Poeschl’s vehicle when he was arrested, according to the complaint.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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