Minn. mall stabbing suspect once acquitted in other stabbings

 

Minn. mall stabbing suspect once acquitted in other stabbings
Minn. mall stabbing suspect once acquitted in other stabbings

The suspect in the Minnesota mall stabbing was acquitted in a case in June that involved stabbing two people in a psychiatric unit with a pen because of mental illness, court documents show.

Mahad Abdirahman, 20, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault after allegedly stabbing two brothers in a Macy’s dressing room at the Mall of America in Bloomington on Sunday.

The victims, 19-year-old Alexander Sanchez and 25-year-old John Sanchez, were with seven other family members in the store, a criminal complaint obtained by KSTP-TV says, which also mentioned Abdirahman's acquittal.

Alexander was trying on pants and then left the dressing room where he encountered Abdirahman wielding a knife.

Abdirahman then slashed him on his head, face and arms. John, Alexander's brother, came to his brother's aid after hearing him scream. John was also stabbed in his hands and back, according to the complaint.

The victims managed to hold down Abdirahman until cops arrived.

Abdirahman wore a pair of gloves he bought at the store during the attack, the complaint says.

His first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

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