A would-be thief knifed two shoppers he tried to rob inside a Macy’s dressing room at Minnesota’s Mall of America, according to police.The first victim walked in on Mahad Abdirahman pilfering his belongings in the men’s department Sunday evening, when the suspect pulled out a blade, cops said.
Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said a family member rushed in to help and was stabbed during the struggle at the retail chain. Their injuries are not life-threatening.
The wounded victims managed to disarm Abdirahman and keep him down until police arrived for the arrest, within two minutes of the initial 911 call.
The Star Tribune reports one of the victims was stabbed repeatedly, while the other was pierced in the back.
A woman who said she was near the Macy’s assault heard someone screaming, “He got me! He got me!”
“I knew something was not right. Some other shoppers ran towards the screaming,” tweeted Jolene Situma. “I called the police and hid.”
Abdirahman, a 20-year-old from Minneapolis, faces assault charges for the attack.
For the second time in just over a year, a Somali “refugee” has stabbed shoppers with a knife at a Minnesota mall.
The first case, on Sept. 17, 2016, was a clear act of jihad when Dahir Adan injured 10 people in the Macy’s at the Crossroads Center Mall in St. Cloud after asking his victims, chosen at random, if they were Muslim.
But on Sunday night, a man identified as Mahad Abdiaziz Abdirahman, 20, of Minneapolis stabbed two men at the Mall of America after they tried to stop him from stealing clothes inside the dressing room at Macy’s.
His middle name, Abdiaziz, means “the slave of Allah the master,” a native Arabic speaker told WND.
His first name, Mahad, means “the one who preaches and invites people to Islam.”
Abdirahman is a common Somali Muslim last name. It means “the slave of Allah who is the gracious.”
While police identified the latest attacker as Mahad Abdirahman, the local Star-Tribune still was not reporting his name or background on Monday morning, referring to the man arrested only as “the suspect.”
Minnesota has the largest population of Somali refugees in the U.S., with numbers approaching 100,000, and Gov. Mark Dayton has told residents of the state that if they are not comfortable living among the refugees they “should find another state.”
And they keep coming with no end in site.
Here’s a look inside the Mall of
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