Mark Andrew bloodied by violent iPhone robbers at Mall of America [UPDATE]

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Mark Andrew physically resisted a robbery attempt at the MOA.
:::: UPDATE :::: Here's what Mark Andrew looked like after he was beaten bloody by robbers at MOA [PHOTO]

According to the Star Tribune, Mark Andrew, the runner-up to Betsy Hodges in November's Minneapolis mayoral election, was sitting by himself at a Mall of America Starbucks around 5:30 p.m. yesterday when someone grabbed his iPhone off the table and headed for the door.

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Andrew gave chase, only to be tackled as he exited the Starbucks by two young women -- one a teenager, it was later discovered -- apparently working in tandem with the robber.

Andrews told the Strib one of the women beat him over the head with a billy club, opening a gash that later required nine stitches. He said they told him, "We're going to kill you! We're going to kill you!" Nonetheless, Andrew, without the help of any other customers at the Starbucks -- "they were too afraid," he told the Strib, though witnesses did later confirm his version of events -- managed to physically restrain one of them. The attackers were still there when police arrived.

Though the robber apparently got away, he dropped Andrew's phone during the chaos. It was later returned to its rightful owner.

"I was targeted because the phone was out and I'm 63 years old, and I'm sure they thought that I was easy pickins," Andrew told the Strib. "I'm not going to let someone take my phone... I'm not going to let that pass. They thought they wouldn't get chased."

Compare Andrew's response to mine when I was confronted with a similar situation earlier this month. Andrew emerged with all his possessions and was brave enough to put his wellbeing on the line in a physical altercation with criminals, but he was beaten in the head with a club and is at least nine stitches worse off. Was it worth it?

The Strib report concludes with this curious passage about Andrew's day-after response to the incident:
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."
:::: UPDATE ::::

One of the young women who allegedly beat Andrew -- 18-year-old Brooklyn Park resident Letaija Shapree Cutler-Cain -- has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated robbery and one count of felony assault. Prosecutors have until Monday to charge the juvenile suspect, and the suspect who actually ran off with Andrew's phone hasn't been identified.

According to the charges, Andrew was "bleeding profusely" from his head and mouth when officers arrived at the scene. Cutler-Cain allegedly gouged his face with her fingernails while the juvenile girl beat Andrew with a baton, but he was nonetheless able to restrain one of them until police arrived.

"During a subsequent Miranda prefaced interview, [Cutler-Cain] acknowledged that she and [the two other suspects] had checked the Starbucks coffee shop several times that afternoon in order to determine if it was 'sweet,'" the charges say. "When asked to explain further what this characterization meant, [Cutler-Cain] indicated that they were determining whether the shop would provide an opportunity to steal property from customers."

Here's the entire charging document:

Mark Andrew robbery charges



And here's Cutler-Cain's mugshot:

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"People ought to be able to sit and have a cup of coffee without fear of assault," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a news release. "These two will be charged and prosecuted to the absolute fullest extent of the law."

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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EOAN2016
EOAN2016

Should have picked our own cotton!

matthewfoss1999
matthewfoss1999

First off, it's sad that when before the article names a suspect I automatically assume they're black and end up proven right.

These inner-city blacks are getting out of control with the violent crimes and they'll keep getting worst and worst so long as white liberals like Andrews keep defending their violent behavior. I bet he'll either refuse to testify in court or push for lenient sentences because "they need help, not prison".

mrgasso
mrgasso

Nobody Helped???? Really? To the Bystanders: YOU ARE PATHETIC! GROW SOME BALLS! What a great opportunity to dump a scalding pot of coffee over these two Untermensche...followed by tossing them over a railing somewhere. Wish I could have been there for ya Mark!

ben42dover
ben42dover

Looks to be a daughter of 0bama.

MicheleObama
MicheleObama

"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."


So basically what he is saying is, "More welfare, more social programs, more......................."

MicheleObama
MicheleObama

This is what I don't understand. If black people in America can admit that there is a crime problem within their communities, why can't you white guilt liberal apologists do the same? As with any problem, you can't fix it unless you admit there is a problem to begin with. By making bogus excuses for the problem (like "oppression", "racism", leaded gasoline, etc.) and burying it under the rug, all it does is add more fuel to the fire and makes the problem even worse. 


It's like an alcoholic or drug addict blaming society for their bad choices and then society coddling them and saying, "Oh, poor baby, you are correct....you had a hard life...here, take another shot or another toke, you deserve it!". The same is no different when it comes to black crime. By denying it, or even worse, making excuses for it, you are basically condemning it.


If oppression against "brown people" is so rampant in the Twin Cities, can you explain to me why "brown people" such as Mexicans/Latinos, Asians, Middle Easterners, Pakistani/Indians and others never commit these types of violent crimes that you hear about every fucking day in the news like you do with African Americans? These people come from Third World countries, yet they are able to make something of themselves and contribute to society. How are they any different from African Americans? After all, they all have "brown" skin.......................



TwinTown77
TwinTown77

I'm totally shocked blacks were involved in this incident.  Kidding aside, shouldn't this idiot be charged with a hate crime, terrorism and attempted murder?  After all, she did state that she was going to kill him and then said it again after security / police arrived.  Why do black always get away with this nonsense.  BTW, what kind of d-bag names their child Letaija Shapree?  

TruDat
TruDat

They're just celebrating Kwanzaa at the MOA.  Shouldn't this be charged as a hate crime? 

Givenchy
Givenchy

Carry a weapon, either a gun or a knife, depending on what is allowed legally, and learn how to use it with personal defense classes. We are in a cultural war in America, and currently the evil side is winning. Time to punch back and start dropping these useless vermin. Start sending the trash to the morgue.

behyndblueeyes
behyndblueeyes

Why do liberal-progressives insist on continuing to "feed" these beasts? Murder means nothing to these animals. They have no sense of human compassion and should be treated the same way.

CelebrateDivershitty
CelebrateDivershitty

"Compare Andrew's response to mine when I was confronted with a similar situation earlier this month. Andrew emerged with all his possessions and was brave enough to put his wellbeing on the line in a physical altercation with criminals, but he was beaten in the head with a club and is at least nine stitches worse off. Was it worth it?"

Seeing as how Mark Andrew is a brave man who still has his property, dignity, and honor intact, and how you are a weak wimpy little libtard pushover, yes, it was worth it.

Death_to_Whiteness
Death_to_Whiteness

It's no big deal really, Aaron.  As a "progressive", you should be CELEBRATING! 

These brave strong Social Justice Warriors of Blackness were just trying to help out Mark Andrew by forcibly dismantling his White Privilege.  Only in this way can the sickening oppressive disease of Whiteness finally be eradicated!

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

Aaron, completely different situation as well. You were alone.

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

Stupidity like none other. I'm glad he did something about it, and disgusted that no one helped him to begin with. I would never let that fly, what has happened to people???

Luke LaCoursiere
Luke LaCoursiere

Sorry....still hoping someone can help me pronounce that name....aghhhh

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

An African American - how surprising.

Kris Kowalski
Kris Kowalski

Don't these people know IPhones are very easy to track? Every time I hear about someone robbing somebody for one they get caught the next day. If his friends don't roll on him, he'll be caught tomorrow texting from it

Nate Nicholls
Nate Nicholls

I bet if he had a gun this would not have happen

Nate Nicholls
Nate Nicholls

I can't believe it and I lost my iPhone all by my self! Man I am a selfish ass...

Stephen Philion
Stephen Philion

Julie Kapitan, I hope she does not meet 'crazy eyes' in jail. We have enough people going back to jail after getting out thank you.

Nick Jude
Nick Jude

We need to outlaw billy clubs immediately.....

Megan Cahill
Megan Cahill

You're an idiot stuttering john. Mark has done more for this state than many people realize. I appreciate the updates.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81

Instead of giving people like this a few months of jail and then probation they should be forced to work for 5 years in the heat and snow picking up garbage, filling pot holes, painting over graffiti, and they should have to butcher and grow their own food. If they refuse to work they can sit in solitary confinement until they decide to cooperate. Every day in solitary their sentence resets to day zero. 

Kathie Cafesjian Baradaran
Kathie Cafesjian Baradaran

OMG!!! I have worked with this man... While I'm impressed with his courage, it's ill advised to take this action. Shame on the MOA for such shoddy "security"!!!! I like to think that I would have come to his aid, but I wonder how realistic this is.

CelebrateDivershitty
CelebrateDivershitty

@MicheleObama"I think there's redemption for everybody" - typical naive pollyanna wishful-thinking Minnesota libtard moron who finally experienced the logical end-results of his own bullshit!

MicheleObama
MicheleObama

@TwinTown77  


"BTW, what kind of d-bag names their child Letaija Shapree?"


Probably a baby mama named Shaquiqua Bonshiqua Willis. 

CelebrateDivershitty
CelebrateDivershitty

@behyndblueeyes - "Why do liberal-progressives insist on continuing to "feed" these beasts?" -- white guilt and naivete, mostly, and their Christianity makes them weak-minded pushovers. 

CelebrateDivershitty
CelebrateDivershitty

You're finally getting everything you've worked so hard and wasted your adult life for, Aaron!   You are seeing the logical end-results of your own idiotic "progressive" bullshit!  Why aren't you celebrating?  

You've done so much "progressive advocacy journalism" that helped paved the way for this to happen, you should be happy, little hipster bearded bitch!  

All they are doing is "dismantling white privilege".  Isn't that what you have publicly wanted?

Onan
Onan

And a 4S no less...

wangfish83
wangfish83

Considering MOA bans guns on the premises he definitely would have had a completely different set of problems to deal with.

CelebrateDivershitty
CelebrateDivershitty

@senatortombstone- Yes, it is a race war, but it is one-sided (blacks attacking whites) and a slow-burn race war, one that white liberal minnesotan "progressives" are too naive and goofy and wimpy to even acknowledge or be aware of.

MicheleObama
MicheleObama

@CelebrateDivershitty 


The "Progressive" movement are advocated by those who live in shitty one-bedroom inner-city apartments, such as Aaron. They are pissed off that they can't live in Kenwood or Wayzata. The funny thing is that Aaron works for the City Pages, which is a corporated-owned entity whom the investors are mostly Conservative! I SO love irony!

MicheleObama
MicheleObama

@CelebrateDivershitty


That's nothing. There is a woman in Minneapolis (north side, yes, I know shocking) who, after spending 12 years in prison for narcotics/gang activity legally changed her first name to "FeloniQua". I really wish I wasn't making this up.

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