MASON CITY – A Minnesota man who came to Clear Lake last spring to meet a woman at a hotel and then allegedly cut her with a knife and confined her against her will has pleaded guilty and faces decades in prison.
Al Mesenbrink, age 62 of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, has entered guilty pleas to charges of felony kidnapping and willful injury and now awaits sentencing, which could land him in jail for up to 30 years.
The Clear lake Police Department began investigating an assault in conjunction with Minnesota authorities that occurred on April 20, 2014 involving a Clear Lake woman at a hotel. Messenbrink was charged in the aftermath of that incident, where the woman was allegedly assaulted and threatened with a knife. He was later arrested in Minnesota after he fled the scene before he was transported to jail in Mason City to face charges.
Messenbrink will be sentenced on December 22 and is held on $1 million bond until then.