Cottage Grove man charged with crashing into Planned Parenthood clinic
A Cottage Grove man was charged Friday for allegedly smashing a family member's car into the front door of a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Paul, according to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office.
Matthew L. Derosia, 32, is scheduled to appear Friday afternoon on charges of two felony counts of first-degree criminal damage to property.
According to the Ramsey County District Court Complaint, police were called to the clinic, located at 1965 Ford Parkway, at 7:49 a.m. Thursday on a report of an accident with injuries.
When police arrived, Derosia was standing by the vehicle, holding a crucifix and shouting Bible verses, according to the complaint. He wouldn't respond to police, and continued to recite verses and shout, "Close down Auschwitz death camp," the complaint says.
An employee at the clinic saw the vehicle ram the entrance from the reception desk, which is six to eight feet from the main entrance, according to the complaint.
In an interview with police after the incident, Derosia said he witnessed abortions on the Catholic channel and that he felt he wasn't doing enough protesting. He said we are in World War III and that Jesus is coming back really soon, according to the complaint. He said that Jesus told him to drive the truck into Planned Parenthood to stop the murderers, according to the complaint.
"Derosia was adamant that if a Marine had done what he had done today in war, he would be getting a medal pinned on him," the complaint says.
He said he realized he could have hurt someone but decided to do it anyway, and that he felt what he did was right and he would do it again if he were told to, according to the complaint.
Each count of first degree criminal property damage carries a maximum sentence of five years and a $10,000 fine.
On Nov. 23, 2008, police were called to St. Rita's Church on a report that Derosia was removing Thanksgiving decorations from the church. The priest at the church reported that he had been removing paper decorations from the bulletin boards and then began dismantling decorations such as pumpkins, cornucopias and straw in the alter area, according to the police report.
Derosia had stated it was inappropriate for the church to have any Thanksgiving decorations because it was not a religious holiday. The priest at the church was unable to get Derosia to leave, according to the report.
As the police officer on the scene waited for his partner to arrive, he observed Derosia methodically throwing the decorations from the top of the alter onto the carpeted area. He told the officer that Thanksgiving was a government holiday and not a religious holiday, and the church should not be acknowledging the holiday as it was not religious, according to the report. He told the officer he was "cleaning the church."
The cornstalk decorations were broken in half, and other decorations were broken, according to the report. When the officer explained to Derosia that he wasn't welcome in the church, he seemed surprised and said he was always welcome in any church because it was God's church.
Officers escorted Derosia out of the church, and transported him to his home. His mother told police he had previously been on psychological medication, but had gone off of it, according to the police report. Officers then transported him to Regions Hospital for an evaluation.