Mark Andrew beaten with a club for his iPhone at Mall of America

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Mark Andrew was beat up by a girl. Why does that not surprise me?

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Mark Andrew beaten with a club for his iPhone at Mall of America

Posted by: Maya Rao under Politics and government, Public safety
Minneapolis StarTibune
Updated: December 27, 2013 - 12:15 PM

A leading candidate in this year’s race for mayor of Minneapolis said today he was beaten over the head with a billy club for his iPhone outside a Starbucks at the Mall of America.

Mark Andrew, also a former Hennepin County commissioner, received nine stitches at Fairview Southdale Hospital, where an ambulance took him after the attack around 7 p.m. Thursday.

The two young women who attacked him, including a teenager, were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and robbery.

“I was targeted because the phone was out and I’m 63 years old, and I’m sure they thought that I was easy pickin’s,” said Andrew by phone this morning, while on painkillers and on his way to give statements to the Bloomington Police Department.

Andrew placed second to Betsy Hodges in November’s most competitive race for mayor in a generation, when voters chose between 35 candidates in the city’s first major test of ranked choice voting. He continues to work as an environmental marketing consultant.

He said he was working at a table alone at the Starbucks when someone – he thinks it was a man – whisked his phone away and ran out the door. As Andrew ran after the thief, two young women waiting outside the coffee shop tackled him, and one began beating him on the head and face with a club.

Andrew said he jumped back to his feet and physically restrained one attacker while the other continued striking him. They yelled,“We’re going to kill you! We’re going to kill you!”

No one at the packed Starbucks intervened.

“They were too afraid,” Andrew said.

He guessed the police came after about five minutes. Upon their arrival, Andrew said the women told police that he had assaulted them first, but a witness inside the shop confirmed his account. Even after authorities detained the attackers, the women told Andrew they would have him killed.

The hospital treated and released him the same night.

The person who swiped the phone apparently dropped it after seeing the commotion, and a passerby later returned it to Andrew.

“I’m not going to let someone take my phone,” Andrew said.“I’m not going to let that pass. They thought they wouldn’t get chased.”

As Andrew walked back into his south Minneapolis home, he recalled, he lifted his fist in the air and told his adult children,“We won.”

He vowed to stay involved in the case.

"They’re damaged kids, and maybe they’re too far gone, but I think there’s redemption for everybody," said Andrew. "So we’ll try to find a way for them to get in a place where they can turn their lives around.”

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"Andrew said he jumped back to his feet and physically restrained one attacker while the other continued striking him. They yelled,“We’re going to kill you! We’re going to kill you!”

Seems like that should warrant a charge of attempted murder.

"So we’ll try to find a way for them to get in a place where they can turn their lives around.”

Jail is a great place for starters. Then maybe prison. Or banishment.
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Sounds like the work of Ger grows.

"One of the women arrested, Letaija Shapree Cutler-Cain, 18, of Brooklyn Park, was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery in the first degree and one count of assault in the second degree."
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Nobody helped - they were all too afraid...

And that's what is the most freighting in the article..
Did we changed into a nation of cowards??
Do we need drones and stealth fighters to make a stand??
Would this happen in my native Poland or in Germany the two pieces of human garbage would be leaving the M o A on stretchers ..
Would this happen in Russia, Ukraine their destination would be a funeral home..
Even the old women would be RUNNING to help the victim!!
But not here .. everybody was just too scared..
The criminality among the black underclass is on the rise and our political correctness, the inability to call things what they are, the impossibility to inflict a punishment that would actually HURT and be as cruel as the crime may have something to do with it..
I was proud years ago to be called American - not anymore..
Open your eyes please - when criminality runs in to generation, when a kid age seventeen had the time to hurt dozens and continues doing so, it is too late for re-education, it is to expansive for incarceration and composting may be the only answer..
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GeeSis wrote:
Sounds like the work of Ger grows.
"One of the women arrested, Letaija Shapree Cutler-Cain, 18, of Brooklyn Park, was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery in the first degree and one count of assault in the second degree."
And the other perps name was ADCcheckEshia 17, just got in from ChiTown.
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Andrews said we'll try to find a place where they can turn their lives around. This is the attitude that got us in the position we're in now. Ms. Cutler-Cain was just arrested on Dec.4 2013 for disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement, so maybe jail is the place she can turn her life around. But, I doubt it. They should all be charged with a hate crime.

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