Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner arrested in Detroit in incident involving her husband

By Amanda Klein | March 7, 2019

According to an attorney for Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, Detroit police arrested the 42-year-old woman on Tuesday during an incident involving her husband at a hotel.

As part of a belated Valentines Day gift Wagner’s husband took her to Detroit to watch a performance by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra featuring rapper Nas on Tuesday.  Prior to attending the performance the couple ate dinner at a local restaurant.

After the performance the couple returned to their hotel, the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit on Washington Boulevard, according to the attorney.

While Wagner went to bed around 10:30, her husband, Khari Mosley, 43, returned to the hotel lobby saying he wasn’t tired.

Mosley left his key card in the room and because he was not listed as a guest, the hotel staff did not permit him to return to the room.

Wagner’s attorney said that Mosley attempted to call Wagner on her cell phone, but she didn’t answer. She also failed to answer several calls placed to her toom by hotel staff.

At around 1 a.m. wearing pajamas and socks, Wagner responding to a knock on her door and found police with Mosley in handcuffs.

According to the attorney, police refused to tell her anything other than that Mosley was being removed from the hotel. As officers were escorting Mosley onto an elevator, Wagner stepped in front of them and one of the officers grabbed her and pushed her out of the way. The attorney claims Wagner fell to the ground.

“She did not touch the officer and her husband was not under arrest,” the attorney said. “She has bruises all over her. She has a bruised wrist and a sore back. She is traumatized.”

Mosley was released and told to leave the hotel. Wagner was taken to a detention facility and later released.

As of Thursday evening no charges have been filed against either Wagner or Mosley.

Detroit police officials could not be reached for comment.

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