Former U.S. Senate candidate Matt Innis was arrested outside of the Nebraska GOP Convention on Saturday, and now the Kearney Police Department (KPD) is releasing more information on the arrest.
According to KPD, a disturbance was reported to them around 10:55 a.m. on Saturday at the Younes Conference Center. When they arrived, they said the private security company (which included off-duty police officers) working at the convention told them 51-year-old Innis, of Crete, was previously barred from attending the event by the organizer and attempted to force his way inside the conference center, pushing a security officer to the ground.
According to the involved security officer and witnesses, Innis allegedly approached the security guard at the main entrance to the conference center demanding entry. The security guard attempted to block the entrance at which time Innis allegedly tackled the security guard to the ground.
KPD said Innis was placed into custody with the help of additional members of the security team.
Based on the investigation, statements from the victim, and witnesses, probable cause was established and Innis was placed under arrest for 3rd Degree Assault and 2nd Degree Criminal Trespass, both misdemeanors. Innis was taken to the Buffalo County Jail and booked for the offenses. Innis was able to post bond after the booking process and was released from the custody of the jail the same day.
KPD said this case has been turned over to the Buffalo County Attorney’s office for charging.