Mark Andrew on teens who violently robbed him: "I always favor rehabilitation"

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With the arrest earlier this week of the 15-year-old boy who allegedly made off with his phone, all three suspects involved in the violent Mall of America robbery of 2013 Minneapolis mayoral runner-up Mark Andrew have now been arrested.

THE BACKSTORY: Mark Andrew bloodied by violent iPhone robbers at Mall of America

Yesterday, we got in touch with Andrew to ask him what he thinks the appropriate punishment is for the alleged teen robbers, and to get an update on his recovery.

"First of all, the young juvenile who has been arrested for stealing the phone is going to be dealt with less severely than the people who actually attacked me, and he ought to be," Andrew said. "But I always favor rehabilitation... if there's a way to recapture and regain these kids we need to make a strong effort to do that [by placing them] into some kind of therapy or treatment regiment that will allow them to get back on track."

Andrew, 63, acknowledges that there's a significant "if" involved in that statement, though.

"Somebody who attacks with a level of viciousness that one of them did might be too far gone" for rehabilitation, Andrew said.

Asked about his recovery, Andrew said "it's good" but added that he "probably had more serious injuries than I thought."

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"I did have a concussion -- not a major concussion -- but I did have a headache for 10 or 12 days," he said. "The stitches are still in my head and they will come out [today] and I do have a loose permanent tooth that I will probably lose, but otherwise I think I'm close to 100 percent. No pain since Monday of this week and I'm actually feeling really good."

Would he handle things differently in light of his injuries and maybe just let the kid take off with his phone next time around? Asked that question, Andrew quickly said "absolutely not."

"We can't just let people commit crimes," Andrew said. "It's not about a telephone -- telephones are replaceable -- I went after the kid because he stepped way over a boundary line and the community can't and shouldn't accept it. We have an obligation to stand up."

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Andrew did say, however, the he plans to behave differently at places like the Starbucks he was robbed at in the future in hopes of making himself less of a target .

"I will definitely be more cautious in the future," he said. "I shouldn't have to be, but I think reality dictates that we just need to be more cautious."

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midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

" I went after the kid because he stepped way over a boundary line and the community can't and shouldn't accept it. We have an obligation to stand up." Mark Andrew is condoning taking the law into his own hands like some crazed vigilante. 

The proper response in this situation would have been to calmly walk to the counter at Starbucks and politely ask the cashier to call 911. Mark Andrew should have waited for the professionals to come and take care of this petty property dispute. 

Mark Andrew risked injuring the children he alleges took his phone and beat him which he could likely be sued for.  He made that poor 15 year old boy run dangerously fast in a crowded mall endangering everybody and he could have really hurt one of those poor girls during his viscous assault. My thoughts and prayers are with the children, thank god they're OK.


I commend the other Mall of America guests for keeping their cool and remaining calm while waiting for proper authorities to arrive to sort this misunderstanding out.

Eagan McVegan
Eagan McVegan

You all sound like what I assume the parents of these adolescents sound.

Deatrick LaPointe
Deatrick LaPointe

Rehab. Yes. Because they apparently never learned manners. The jails are already too full with these Tyra

Brian Nieken
Brian Nieken

Actually they can be. I'm assuming you've never been to jail

Tim Stang
Tim Stang

Looked at title. Didn't read

John Doyle
John Doyle

I'm glad they've arrested all the pieces of crap responsible!!

John Doyle
John Doyle

You do, or you wouldn't have commented!!

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Sometimes a good ass kicken will solve the problem.

Marlena Myles
Marlena Myles

Jails and prisons are great for "rehabilitation", right? ;)

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

I have known Mark since he was elected as the County Commissioner. He was a stand up guy then and he continues to be so. It takes character to take the high road in situations like this. 

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

LOL! Excellent post! The sarcasm was so subtle, I almost thought you were being serious. Mark Andrew is probably angrier than he admits.

really
really

 But they tried that and he's still a stupid progressive douche bag. 


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