Mall of America stabbing suspect has mental illness history

Mall of America stabbing suspect has mental illness history

Mall of America stabbing suspect has mental illness history

The brothers and others subdued and disarmed Abdiraham.

Prosecutors said a year ago Abdiraham was arrested and charged for stabbing two staff members with a pen at an in-patient psychiatric unit. Court records show he was acquitted due to mental illness.

Mahad Abdiaziz Abdiraham was charged Tuesday with assault.

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.

The criminal complaint says the 19-year-old had come to the mall's Macy's store with his family to shop.

When he returned to the dressing room, he found a man later identified as Abdiraham standing outside the door to the room as if he were considering going inside.

The victims managed to hold down Abdirahman until cops arrived.

The younger brother suffered scars to his head that will never go away and cuts to his arms that went "to the bone", according to the charges.

His family heard the screams and rushed to help. In attempting to grab the knife from Abdiraham, John Sanchez sustained cuts to his hands and back, the complaint says.

Sanchez had been shopping with eight family members around 6:30 Sunday evening. John Sanchez's back required 42 stitches to fix, the complaint said.

Witnesses described and store security footage showed much of the fitting room and area outside of it covered in blood.

After Alexander Sanchez "tried to push past" Abdiraham upon exiting the room, Abdiraham started slashing him with a knife, which had an 8-inch blade.

Abdiraham's initial court appearance is Wednesday. He faces a maximum 40 years in prison and/or $60,000 in fines.