Two teenagers charged in Bloomington assault


Two teenagers have been charged in connection to an assault of a man near a mosque, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

A 16-year-old boy from Bloomington was charged with aiding and abetting third-degree assault. He made his first appearance Aug. 14. His next scheduled appearance is Sept. 23 at 9:00 a.m.

According to the petition, on Aug. 6, shortly after 10:00 p.m., Bloomington Police responded to a report of an assault near Park Avenue and 82nd Street East in Bloomington. Upon arriving, police spoke to the male victim who was outside of the Dal Al Farooq mosque. He was holding his shoulder, stating that he could not move it.

The victim told police he had been attacked by two males near the crosswalk at Park Avenue and 82nd Street East—just outside the mosque—where both assailants kicked and hit him, the complaint says. The victim later found out that he had two fractures in his left shoulder.

Police spoke with witnesses, one informing them that they saw two males walking from Smith Park to the mosque parking lot right before the attack. Surveillance footage from a school attached to the mosque also showed two teenage males approach the victim and then run back to the park, the complaint continues.

A 13-year-old boy has also been charged in relation to this case, but no additional information can be publicly provided because of his age.

Petition (PDF)