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St. Paul dad accused of attacking son's hockey coach

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Dec 23, 2011 at 8:02 am

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) - A St. Paul man is accused of attacking an assistant coach for his son's youth hockey team.

Forty-nine-year-old Thomas Angelo Tonda was charged with felony terroristic threats and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.

According to the complaint, the alleged attack happened Dec. 6 in Inver Grove Heights. The assistant coach told police that Tonda's son was fighting with two other players before hitting one with his hockey stick.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the coach told Tonda's son his behavior was "unacceptable'' and directed him to do a drill. Instead, the boy went into the locker room.

The complaint says Tonda began screaming at the assistant coach and put him in a chokehold. The charges say Tonda threatened to kill the coach as he left.

Tonda remained in jail Thursday.

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