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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