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Minnesota lawmaker arrested after incidents at hotel bar, Regions Hospital, police say

Matt Grossell

ST. PAUL -- Police say Rep. Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, was arrested for trespassing Saturday morning after he refused to leave a hospital he’d been taken to after acting disorderly and intoxicated and pushing a security guard at a local hotel.

Investigators said shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday police were called to the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge at 161 St. Anthony in St .Paul by hotel security who said there was an intoxicated man acting disorderly in the bar.

The man was identified as Matthew John Grossell, 53, of Bagley, Minn., according to St. Paul police public information officer Sgt. Michael Ernster.

Once officers arrived, they wanted to check on Grossell in his hotel room to make sure he was OK. After doing so, officers didn’t believe he could care for himself and called for paramedics to evaluate him after he couldn’t answer basic questions, Ernster said.

Grossell was then taken to Regions Hospital where he was evaluated and then cleared by hospital staff. However, Ernster said, he refused to leave the hospital and became argumentative with staff. Security told him if he didn’t leave he would be arrested for trespassing. When he refused, he was arrested, transported to Ramsey County Jail and booked for misdemeanor trespassing, police said.

The retired Clearwater County sheriff’s deputy was released at 5:21 a.m. on his own recognizance.

Grossell released the following statement Saturday afternoon: “Saturday morning, I received a citation in St. Paul. I apologize to my family, my constituents, my colleagues, and my friends. As a retired Deputy Sheriff, I will fully cooperate with any next steps.”

Grossell, 53, was elected in 2016 and is serving his second term. He is single with three grown children.

Grossell serves on the House committees for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy; Judiciary Finance and Civil Law; and Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy.