Mall of America stabbing suspect has mental illness history

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

A Minneapolis man with a history of mental illness is now charged with two counts of first degree assault in connection with the stabbing of two shoppers at the Mall of America Sunday.

Mahad Abdiraham, 20, was charged with causing great bodily harm to a 19-year-old man and his 25-year-old brother. Abdiraham remains jailed ahead of a Wednesday court appearance.

Abdirahman then slashed him on his head, face and arms. It also says Abdiraham was arrested in 2016 for stabbing two staff members of an in-patient psychiatric unit with a pen. Courts records show he was acquitted of those charges due to mental illness.

One of the brothers, 19-year-old Alexander Sanchez, of Minneapolis, had tried on trousers in a men's department fitting room and left the room to show his family how the trousers fit.


Alexander was trying on trousers and then left the dressing room where he encountered Abdirahman wielding a knife. "When the victim came out, Abdiraham was holding a large knife", the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said. Some of those cuts went to the bone.

His family heard the young man screaming and ran to help.

Sanchez had been shopping with eight family members around 6:30 Sunday evening. He later required a blood transfusion and will most likely have permanent head scarring, medical personnel told authorities. When he returned to the dressing room, Abdiraham was nearby.

Eventually, the victims and witnesses subdued Abdiraham until police arrived. Doctors needed 42 stitches to close the wounds in the back.

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