Burnsville man allegedly assaulted his mom, 90, because she wouldn't give him her house
Gregory Wucherpfennig is allegedly every mother's worst nightmare.
If there's a special circle of hell for men who beat up their elderly mothers, then 56-year-old Burnsville resident Gregory Wucherpfennig will allegedly be residing there.
Wucherpfennig is charged with numerous felonies after he allegedly roughed up his 90-year-old mother and her dog because she wouldn't sign over her house to him.
Officers were called to the Burnsville home of Wucherpfennig's mother on Thursday after another resident alerted them that Wucherpfennig was shoving his mother.
His mother told police he'd slapped her in the head and pulled her hair and had been yelling at her for much of the day because she refused to give him the house.
He refused to take her to a doctor's appointment and "told her he was going to put her in a nursing home," the complaint said.
The mother said this isn't the first time Wucherpfennig has assaulted her.
Wucherpfennig's mother told police that the two had also argued about the house the previous day, and Gregory had gotten so worked up that he threw her dog. Officers observed that the poor pup wasn't putting any weight on one of its legs.
Officers also interviewed the resident who contacted police about the assault. It turns out she had witnessed the Thursday incident as well.
The witness "said she was in her bedroom the day before, when she heard Wucherpfennig yelling, then a loud thump and a dog yelp," Burnsville Patch reports. "The following day she saw him grab his mother by the shoulders and shake her hard, yelling in her face. The witness added that Wucherpfennig asked to leave for a few hours because he 'didn't want her to be a witness.' She refused to go."
Wucherpfennig denies all wrongdoing and claims the dog's injured leg is the result of a growth.
His criminal history is extensive. As Patch reports, Wucherpfennig was convicted of terroristic threats in 2003 and stalking in 2007. He now faces two charges of felony domestic assault, felony coercion, and gross misdemeanor animal cruelty. As of yesterday, he remained in jail with his bail set at $120,000.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.