Christos manager describes chasing down "scum" robber who punched 8-year-old boy [VIDEO]

Categories: Crime, Minneapolis
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Mohammad Armeli
Mohammad Armeli, a manager at the Christos off 26th and Nicollet in south Minneapolis, was hanging out at a neighboring business around 4:30 p.m. on March 6 when he looked out the window and saw a bloodied child yelling on the Nicollet sidewalk.

"His face was full of blood, and he was screaming, 'My iPad! My iPad!" Armeli told us. "He was pointing to a young man about 30 feet away."

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Without a second thought, Armeli sprang into action and gave chase.

"He was tossing things out of his pocket and tried to run into an apartment building -- thankfully it was locked -- and I got 911 on my cell phone," Armeli continued. "I kept running after him -- some other gentleman pursued too -- and I caught up to him at 28th and Stevens."

Once he caught up with him, Armeli says he "grappled" with the suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Minneapolis resident Aaron Stillday, and was able to hold him down long enough for police to arrive.

Though Stillday initially said he was actually the victim of an assault -- he told officers "a group of Somali males were chasing him for no reason" -- surveillance footage clearly shows him decking the boy and making off with his iPad, which he promptly broke by dropping it on the sidewalk.

Here's the video:



To add insult to injury, the victim later told police that when Stillday approached him as he left daycare with his aunt, he said, "Give me that, n****r!" before punching him.

The boy was later treated at a hospital.

"He's the scum of the earth to hit a child like that," Armeli said, adding that the only reason he was able to catch up to him was adrenaline.

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Aaron Stillday

"He was quick, very fast, and I'm twice his age, but my blood pressure went through the roof when I saw the kid," he said.

Asked whether he'd do the same thing again -- after all, for all he knew, the suspect could've had a gun -- Armeli said he'd do it "over and over and over without and hesitation."

"I'm the type of person who sees something, and I do something," Armeli said. "That's the way we're going to get criminals off the street."

Stillday, meanwhile, has been charged with first-degree aggravated robbery.

WCCO reports that the Uptown Apple store replaced the boy's iPad free of charge when managers there heard about what happened. Good for them.

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



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37 comments
doydoydoy
doydoydoy

Hey Jackass, don't let your child walk down the street with an iPad. You did and look what happened. If wasn't for assholes like you there wouldn't be any thievery in this world. 

Katie Swanson
Katie Swanson

If you see something DO something!! Good job!

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

A 32 year old predator punching out an 8 year old. Put him in prison and let him spend the rest of his worthless life fighting off potential boyfriends. Any 32 year old  who punches out an 8 year old qualifies as human garbage with no redeeming value. Kudos to  Mohammad Armeli who is a real man.  

David Hlavac
David Hlavac

It's fabulous - we've been going there for years. Their loukanikou is excellent. Many authentic Greek specialties.

Craig B Larson
Craig B Larson

An excuse to support Christos, not that I need one!

Franq P
Franq P

Hey look! He didn't need a gun

Joseph Neal
Joseph Neal

Here we have an exceptionaly GOOD man !!!!!!! Kudos plus..... SIR !!!!!!!

Billy Morrisette
Billy Morrisette

Props to the Apple store for replacing the kids iPad for free as well.

Friday1
Friday1

These jerks are all over the neighborhood, my neighborhood. A little acknowledgement from the MPLS MPD would be really nice. 

Amanda M. Jacoby
Amanda M. Jacoby

Scum of the Earth. I can't believe he hit an 8 year old. I'm glad that man from Christos helped. He's definitely a hero.

Chad Liljegren
Chad Liljegren

That guy needs an award. Or maybe I will just go eat at his restaurant more.

Billy Scott
Billy Scott

I'm going to go, eat a meal and shake this mans hand!

Lori Mueller
Lori Mueller

Have enjoyed Christos in the past, our next dinner out will be there in honor of the manager.

anon
anon

That tomato basil soup....

Forwardpride
Forwardpride

Bless his heart.  Christos utterly rocks, by the way.  The moussaka is bliss.

Nicole Schumacher
Nicole Schumacher

Oh! While he was leaving daycare! :-( Glad the store hooked him up with a replacement.

Bruce Brabec
Bruce Brabec

Christos is a great restaurant and Mohammed is a fine manager. Applause to him!!

Kathy Drews
Kathy Drews

My hero!! And Christo's is a wonderful restaurant!!

Greg Overall
Greg Overall

Well done sir! My family has been eating at Christo's for years. I bet Gus is awfully proud.

Julie Kapitan
Julie Kapitan

Kudos to this guy! I'd like to think most of us would do the same. I hope the kids alright.

Oscar Quella
Oscar Quella

I have to start eating at his restaurant!

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