Man charged with assault in Mall of America stabbing


A Minneapolis man was charged with two counts of first-degree assault in the stabbing of two shoppers at the Mall of America, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Mahad Abdiraham, 20, was charged with causing great bodily harm to a 19-year-old man and his 25-year-old brother in the Sunday evening stabbing. He is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, the 19-year-old had come to Macy’s with eight family members to do some shopping and he came out of the dressing room to show his family the pants he was thinking of buying. When he returned to the dressing room, Abdiraham was near it and looking like he wanted to go into the stall. The victim went into the fitting room, changed clothes and tried to come out.

When the victim came out, Abdiraham was holding a large knife. As the victim tried to go past him, Abdiraham began slashing. The victim received multiple cuts across his face, head and the back of his arms, with some of the latter cuts going to the bone.

His family heard the 19-year-old screaming and the 25-year-old went to his rescue with another family member. The 25-year-old tried to grab the knife and wound up with cuts to his hands and back. Doctors needed 42 stitches to close the wounds in the back. The younger victim needed a blood transfusion and will have permanent scars to his head, the complaint states.

The victims and witnesses were able to subdue Abdiraham and take away the knife, which had an eight-inch blade, according to the complaint. Last year, Abdiraham was arrested for stabbing two staff members with a pen at an in-patient psychiatric unit.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)