Break-in suspect suffers 2 black eyes after firewood beating

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Matthew Lawrence Bergstedt
Matthew Lawrence Bergstedt
images-image courtesy Raleigh-Wake City-County Bureau of Identification

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A man accused of kicking in the door of an apartment in Raleigh 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 his mugshot, 27-year-old Matthew Lawrence Bergstedt has two black eyes and facial lacerations.

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

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