updated 6/8/2011 3:24:24 PM ET 2011-06-08T19:24:24

Police say a man was carrying a dead weasel when he burst into an apartment and assaulted a man in Washington state.

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The victim asked, "Why are you carrying a weasel?" Police said the attacker answered, "It's not a weasel, it's a marten," then punched him in the nose and fled.

The attacker was apparently looking for his girlfriend and had gone to her former boyfriend's apartment Monday where the victim was a guest.

KXRO radio reports he left the carcass behind.

Police later found the suspect arguing with his girlfriend at another location and arrested the 33-year-old Hoquiam man after a fight.

He said he had found the marten dead near Hoquiam, but police don't know why he carried it with him.

Martens are members of the weasel family.

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