Man Charged in Connection to MOA Stabbing Declared Mentally Ill Last June

November 14, 2017 10:41 PM

Court records show the man accused of stabbing two men at the Mall of America on Sunday had a history of mental illness.

Court documents reveal Mahad Abdirahman was a patient in Hennepin County Medical Center's in-patient psychiatry division last November when he removed his pants in his hospital room and approached the nurses desk.

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He then "grabbed a pen off the desk" and attacked two staff members, stabbing them in the face and neck, according to a criminal complaint. Abdirahman was charged with second-degree assault in connection to the incident. 

HCMC then petitioned to have Abdirahman found mentally ill and dangerous, according to the Hennepin County prosecutors office.

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The Hennepin County Attorney's Office said court examiner did not agree that Abdirahman was mentally ill.

Still, he was sent to a community behavioral health facility for treatment following the attack.

On June 1, court records show Hennepin County prosecutors argued to keep Abdirahman in the facility for six more months, which was granted.

At the end of June, Abdirahman was found mentally ill and was not found guilty of the assault charges at the hospital.

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Abdirahman remained under the states control at the until his release. After his release, Abdirahman continued regular check-ins with the facility.

They say he was running his program correctly, and then the stabbings at Mall of America happened this past weekend.

KSTP is working to learn more about Abdirahman's civil commitment and release.  

His first court appearance for the assault charges stemming from the MOA incident is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

 

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