Bloomington motel shooting brings charges

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Faribault man was charged with attempted murder for shooting another man at a Bloomington motel, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office Tuesday.

Matthew Thomas Poncelet, 25, was charged with one count of attempted second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree assault. He is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday.

On Sunday, Bloomington police were called to a hospital in Faribault where doctors were treating a man with a bullet wound in his leg. The victim told police he texted a woman he knew to see if she wanted to get together. He received a text back from her phone telling him to join her in Bloomington at her hotel room at the Best Western near the Mall of America. When he arrived at the motel, he received another text message saying the door to the room was open and to come in, according to the criminal complaint.

The victim went to the room and saw that someone was in the bed, but it was dark, so he looked for a light switch. As he did so, Poncelet hit him several times. The victim ran from the room and, as he was fleeing down the hall, heard a gunshot and felt something was wrong with his leg, the complaint states.

Bloomington police arrived at the motel and arrested Poncelet as he tried to go out the window. They later recovered a Sig Sauer .380 handgun hidden in his car. The woman was also in the motel room and she said Poncelet is her boyfriend and the victim also is her friend. She explained that after she went to bed Poncelet had taken her cell phone and sent text messages to the victim to lure him to the room, an account that was verified by other witnesses, according to the complaint.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)