March 1 – A 40-year-old Minneapolis man who was drunk and told to leave a St. Paul hotel then assaulted a security guard and another man before grabbing a machete, causing the police to flee. people to a back room to escape. , say the authorities.
Daniel Kurt Vernier was charged in Ramsey County District Court with two counts of fifth-degree assault and one count of robbery and threats of violence following Saturday’s incident at the Intercontinental Hotel at 11 Kellogg Blvd. E.
Vernier has 15 prior felony convictions in Minnesota, the first dating back to 1999, court records show.
According to Monday’s criminal complaint:
The hotel security employee told officers that Vernier was drunk and had become agitated and aggressive after being escorted out for refusing to pay for a drink at the bar. He pushed the security guard and attempted to kick him several times in the groin, before punching him in the face which knocked his glasses off.
Vernier then ran up to a 49-year-old man at Kellogg Mall Park, across from the hotel, saying “You’re in my park!” The man said he was startled and walked away, but Vernier hit him on the right side of the forehead with a handheld radio which he took from the security guard, according to the complaint.
The man drove to the hotel to get away from Vernier, pulled a machete from his backpack and told staff to call the police. The hotel staff told him to put the machete down, which he did, and Vernier grabbed it and ran down Kellogg Boulevard. He then returned to the hotel through a Wabasha Street entrance with the machete under his arm, according to the complaint.
Vernier pulled out the machete and walked towards the man, who went behind a reception to walk away, then followed the employees into a back room, according to the complaint.
Officers found Vernier in the area, hiding under a car. He was booked into the Ramsey County Jail, where he remained on Tuesday in lieu of $20,000 bond.
Vernier also has a criminal charge pending in Anoka County District Court for allegedly assaulting a worker at the Minnesota-Lino Lakes Correctional Facility in 2020. Last January, Vernier failed to appear for a remote plea hearing and a warrant was issued for his arrest.