November 13, 2017
Two men were stabbed Sunday night at the Mall of America in Minnesota in what police are claiming was an attempted theft.
Police identified the stabbing suspect as 20-year-old Mahad Abdiaziz Abdirahaman.
“The initial investigation has revealed that one of the victims returned to the dressing room after trying on clothing and found the suspect attempting to steal his personal property,” Bloomington Police said in a press release. “A confrontation ensued and the suspect pulled a knife and stabbed the victim. The second victim, who is related to the first, heard the confrontation and intervened and in doing so was also stabbed. The suspect received minor injuries from the victims while they disarmed him.”
“Mahad Abdiaziz Abdirahaman, 20 years old from Minneapolis, is being held on 2 counts of 1st Degree Assault,” Bloomington Police said.
JUST IN: Mahad Abdiaziz Abdirahaman, 20 years old from Minneapolis, is being held on 2 counts of 1st Degree Assault
Press release from Bloomington Police on Mall of America stabbing. pic.twitter.com/CfUDi6lYM4
— Brandi Powell (@bpowellKSTP) November 13, 2017
One witness said watching the stabbing was the scariest experience of her life:
Just lived through the scariest experience of my life. I heard someone screaming "He got me! He got me!". I knew something was not right. Some other shoppers ran towards the screaming, and someone (who I believe was the victim's brother) yelled "911!" I called the police and hid.
— Jolene Situma (@jojosituma) November 13, 2017
Ambulance outside Macy's MOA…stabbing..large police presence pic.twitter.com/w2S6VrGJkn
— Beth McDonough (@bmcdonoughkstp) November 13, 2017
Mahad Abdiaziz Abdirahaman is a Somali name and Abdirahaman is likely part of the large Somali Muslim population imported into Minneapolis over the last few decades.
While the police claim this was a robbery attempt, a Somali Muslim carried out a similar mass stabbing terror attack one year ago at another mall:
This article was posted: Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6:20 am