updated 3/14/2006 6:23:18 PM ET 2006-03-14T23:23:18

A 20-year-old man who awoke after a party to find himself covered in syrup and dry oatmeal is the one facing a criminal charge after authorities say he turned a gun on the man who admitted pulling the prank.

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Witnesses told police they were just trying to "get even" with Travis Maassen for pranks he had pulled in the past few days, according to a criminal complaint.

But Maassen "freaked out," emerging from a bedroom Friday with a .22-caliber bolt-action rifle the complaint said. One man tackled Maassen after having the gun pointed at his head, the complaint said.

Maassen was charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety while armed. He's on probation for carrying a concealed .25-caliber handgun, the complaint said.

La Crosse County Circuit Judge Ramona Gonzalez ordered Maassen held on a $5,000 cash bond Monday.

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