A 28-year-old Owatonna man is charged with murder, accused of using brass knuckles with knives attached to stab another man in a park following a disagreement.
Hassan Nur Hassan, 28, of Owatonna, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, second-degree assault, and theft of a motor vehicle in connection to the death of 32-year-old Mohamed Aweis Mohamed on July 12.
According to the criminal complaint, police responded to Dartts Park in Owatonna at 5:17 p.m. on July 12, where they found Mohamed lying on the ground with a stab wound to his chest. He was pronounced dead at 5:49 p.m. and the medical examiner said he died of a single stab wound to the chest, declaring his death a homicide.
At the park, officers found two sets of brass knuckles with knives attached, the complaint notes.
Witnesses said Hassan was the man who stabbed Mohammad, court documents state. One witness said he was at Manthey Park (about 2 miles from Dartts Park) with Hassan when he and Mohamed had a disagreement. The witness and Hassan left the park and eventually went to Dartts Park to hang out.
The first witness said Mohamed and two other men came over to them and when he looked over, they were fighting. Hassan had a knife and after Mohamed had been stabbed, he went to check on Mohamed. That's when he saw Hassan driving away in his car, adding that Hassan didn't have permission to take his car, the complaint says.
A second witness told police he was at Manthey Park with Mohamed and Hassan wanted to fight, documents state. Hassan punched the witness' car window with brass knuckles, so they left the park. The witness said they went to Dartts Park to smoke, noting Hassan was parked in the main parking lot, off Cherry Street, while they were parked in a different lot off the same street. Hassan was yelling Mohamed's name, so the witness got out of the car and started walking toward Hassan. Hassan drove the car over to the other parking lot and "got loud," and that's when Hassan stabbed Mohamed.
A third witness said Hassan started chasing Mohamed with a knife, noting Hassan had brass knuckles on each hand with knives attached to them. Mohamed was running away when Hassan chased him down.
If convicted, Hassan could face a maximum of 40 years in prison for each second-degree murder charge.