Man awaiting trial in brother's death now accused of beating his parents in Monument

By Kaitlin Durbin Updated: October 13, 2017 at 6:10 am • Published: October 12, 2017
photo - Erik Mattyasovsky (Photo courtesy of El Paso County Sheriff's Office)
Erik Mattyasovsky (Photo courtesy of El Paso County Sheriff's Office)

A man awaiting trial in what he called the accidental killing of his brother earlier this year is being accused of another wave of violence, according to his latest arrest records.

Erik Mattyasovsky, 31, is suspected of assaulting his parents, who on Tuesday told police their son had pushed, shoved and hit them. Mattyasovsky's 63-year-old mother held her right arm in a cast as she told officers that her son also had pushed her down stairs two days earlier.

A fight on Tuesday led them to flee their home on Bowstring Road near Monument, records showed, prompting Mattyasovsky's mother to pee her pants. She also told police "her whole body was hurting."

Police said when they tried to talk to Mattyasovsky about the alleged assaults, he cursed at them and barricaded himself in his parents' home for six hours and repeatedly threatened he might be carrying a weapon. At one point, an officer said he saw Mattyasovsky with a knife in his left hand, records said.

Mattyasovsky later was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault, two counts of third-degree assault and two counts of harassment. He remains in the El Paso County jail on $50,000 bail.

Reached by phone Thursday, Mattyasovsky's father declined to comment.

During one brief conversation with Mattyasovsky, who was upset and crying, police said he told them he "might have pushed" his mother down the stairs. He asked, "Do you know what I did?"

Mattyasovsky then answered his own question, telling officers he had killed his brother earlier in the year.

Mattyasovsky has not denied fatally shooting his older brother, Brian Mattyasovsky, 35, at their home in April, but he has argued it was accidental. He told police that he and Brian had been pointing a loaded gun at each other and pulling the trigger as a part of self-defense practice when the gun fired.

They had held the gun to each other's head about 10 times and pulled the trigger with the safety on, Mattyasovsky said. Brian Mattyasovsky was demonstrating how to disarm a person when his brother pulled the trigger an 11th time, shooting him in the head.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office called the shooting suspicious, saying Mattyasovsky didn't immediately call 911, noting there was blood throughout the home and that Brian was found in a position that suggested he'd been on his hands and knees.

Mattyasovsky was accused of reckless manslaughter. A jury trial is scheduled for February 2018.

Mattyasovsky has shown aggression in the past.

He was convicted of disorderly conduct in 2016, and was involved in an apparent suicide attempt in 2007 after ramming his vehicle into a car driven by an off-duty police officer. At the time, the then 21-year-old Mattyasovsky reportedly threatened the officer before cutting his own neck and wrists.

He was charged with menacing, reckless endangerment and reckless driving, but ultimately pleaded guilty to criminal mischief between $1,000 to $20,000. The charge was dismissed after Mattyasovsky completed a diversion program, court records show.


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