Mall of America Stabbing Victims are 2 Brothers from Minneapolis

November 13, 2017 11:42 PM

The two people stabbed at Mall of America Sunday night have been identified as brothers from Minneapolis.

Alexander Sanchez, 19, and John Sanchez, 25, were stabbed in a Macy's dressing room Sunday night shortly before closing time.


Alexander Sanchez remains in Hennepin County Medical Center one day later. He suffered serious injuries to his face and upper body that are not considered life-threatening, Bloomington police said Monday. 

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John Sanchez has been released from HCMC. He suffered stab wounds to his upper body.

The suspect, Mahad Abdiaziz Abdiraham, remains in Hennepin County Jail. Charges were expected to come Tuesday.

KSTP spoke with a man who identified himself as John Sanchez at an apartment listed as his address in south Minneapolis. He said his brother was still in the hospital with injuries more serious than his.

"He is in the hospital but doing better," John Sanchez said. "However, my attorney has told me not to say anything about what happened."

John Sanchez's right arm was in a sling, heavily bandaged from near the elbow to part of his hand and thumb, from what he said was "an injury in the attack."

Meanwhile, it was business as usual on Monday morning at MOA. One shopper running an errand during her lunch break said she was not worried one day after the stabbings.

"I've always felt safe coming here," said Eileen Brown of Richfield.

According to one independent security expert, MOA is one of the most advanced malls in the country when it comes to emergency preparedness.

The mall's website says the security team has more than 150 trained personnel with specialized plain-clothes and K9 units. Part of the preparedness training involves lockdown drills on a regular basis.

The Bloomington Police Department was the lead agency on Sunday night's case. According to a department spokesperson, the suspect was taken into custody within minutes after the 911 call was placed, which is one of the reasons the mall never went into lockdown.

MOA management was not doing interviews or letting media inside the mall on Monday, instead issuing a written statement saying the incident was isolated. It went on to say MOA "has the largest trained security force in the country and is vigilant and committed to providing a safe environment."


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