2 Stabbed During Robbery Attempt at Mall of America Macy's Store; Man in Custody

November 13, 2017 11:46 AM

Two people were stabbed during an attempted robbery at the Macy's store in the Mall of America Sunday, authorities say.

Bloomington police said the suspect, now in custody, had attempted to rob a customer in a men's department dressing room when the customer confronted him. The suspect pulled a knife and stabbed the man, police said.

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Two others who had been with the victim ran to his aid and also confronted the suspect. One of those men was stabbed before they were able to disarm the suspect, police said during a media briefing Sunday evening. Officers arrived moments after and took the suspect into custody about 6:45 p.m.

Both victims were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with what police said were non-life threatening injuries. Police said the suspect, identified Sunday night as 20-year-old Mahad Abdiaziz Abdiraham, of Minneapolis, might have received superficial wounds. He's being held on two counts of probable cause first-degree assault.

Police said the suspect had attempted to steal the first victim's personal property, which was in a fitting room. When the victim returned to the dressing room, he confronted the suspect and was stabbed.

Police don't believe the suspect and victim knew each other.

A heavy police presence was on the scene Sunday evening at the Mall of America, including Bloomington police, at least one ambulance and the Hennepin County Crime Lab. 

Jolene Situma said she was in the Macy's store when the incident occurred in the men's section. Though she didn't see the reported stabbing, she said she heard a man scream, "He got me, he got me," and saw people fleeing the area.

Situma wasn't sure how many people were stabbed. She said she hid underneath clothing and called police, who arrived in minutes. She described the incident as "the scariest thing ever," and said the only thing she could think was "I have to stay alive." 

Bloomington police said officers arrived within one to two minutes of the call.

A worker at a store in the mall told KSTP she saw five Bloomington police officers race into the store with tasers drawn. The store was locked down following the incident Sunday night while the rest of the mall remained open. Deputy Chief Mike Hartley says the rest of the patrons were not in any danger.

The Mall of America issued the following statement:

"This evening during an interrupted theft inside Macy's Mall of America, two people were stabbed and sustained non-life threatening injuries. One person is in custody and Bloomington Police is conducting the ongoing investigation. Our thoughts are with the families involved." 

An investigation is ongoing. 

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