Skip to main content

Authorities in Bloomington say a Woodbury man who robbed Mall of America on Friday with a loaded AR-15-style rifle had a valid permit to carry and no criminal history.

During a press conference Friday afternoon, Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges commended mall security and police for their quick work in arresting the suspect without incident. There were no injuries reported. 

According to Hodges, a mall visitor called security to report suspicious activity after spotting the man entering the mall on the east side of the third floor. 

The 28-year-old man was walking "nonchalantly" with an AR-15-style rifle with a pistol grip at his side, according to Hodges. 

"Most people were oblivious that he was walking by them with a weapon," he said. 

Investigators believe the man robbed Twin Cities Pawn in Minneapolis before heading to the mall. Hodges said the suspect first robbed a kiosk at the mall and stole a "little mechanical puppy dog" before proceeding to the Lids store. 

At the Lids store, the suspect allegedly pulled out his rifle and demanded store employees start putting jerseys into a bag. 

Hodges said a law enforcement "reactionary team" had been set into motion as soon as receiving the initial tip and stood ready at this point to take the suspect into custody. The suspect was immediately tackled by law enforcement after leaving the store, within eight minutes of the first call. 

According to Hodges, police decided not to place the mall under lockdown during the incident in order to avoid further escalating the situation. 

The suspect, who Hodges said has "no criminal history at all", is pending charges of armed robbery. 

Although the suspect has a valid permit to carry, the Mall of America explicitly bans firearms on the premises. 

The incident comes just a few weeks after shots were fired inside the mall, prompting visitors to flee and the mall to go under lockdown. The suspected shooter and a suspected accomplice evaded arrest for a week before being taken into custody in Chicago. 

"The mall is still a safe place, but again, if someone has a weapon and they are just bent on doing something, I don't know what we do in any venue to stop that," Hodges said Friday, adding he chooses not to live in fear and doesn't support the addition of metal detectors at the mall. 

Hodges said he believes the suspect in Friday's incident intended to rob the mall. 

"We don't have anything at this point to indicate he was going to do anything other than rob the mall," he said. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 7.41.18 AM

Woman 34 weeks pregnant injured by drunk driver in Cottage Grove

The 49-year-old suspected of DUI was booked into jail around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

ambulance

2 dead, 5 injured in Thanksgiving Day crash near Alexandria

The crash involved two people from Alexandria and five from Bloomington.

Screen Shot 2022-11-25 at 6.44.11 PM

Lengthy standoff in Prior Lake ends late Friday night

The suspect allegedly assaulted an officer outside Kwik Trip, fled and broke into a home.

snow - 12-10-21 - Joe Nelson - 5

Accumulating snow possible in Twin Cities next week

The storm system could arrive in the Tuesday-Wednesday timeframe.

Target store snow

With Black Friday barely underway, Target reveals Cyber Monday deals

Plans for the two-day sale were revealed Friday morning.

Screen Shot 2022-11-25 at 9.37.25 AM

Man waves replica assault weapon at drivers in downtown Minneapolis

The alarming incident was spotted by the new MPD chief, Brian O'Hara.

Screen Shot 2022-11-25 at 9.29.58 AM

Extremely drunk driver arrested in Chaska

The driver was more than four times the legal limit.

Screen Shot 2022-11-25 at 8.21.21 AM

Stillwater police looking for suspect who stole vehicle with 1-year-old inside

The suspect abandoned the vehicle with the child still inside just 5 minutes after the theft.

Screen Shot 2022-11-23 at 5.01.34 PM

Suspected Bloomington restaurant killer arrested in Oklahoma

The 47-year-old Texas man was arrested around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

Screen Shot 2022-11-24 at 9.16.39 AM

Minnetonka woman, 23, ID'd as victim killed in Minneapolis crash

The fatal crash happened near the Minneapolis Convention Center on Nov. 21.

canada-goose-g304751a8f_1280

More than 100 geese, ducks found dead on partially frozen MN lake

The discovery was made in Waseca at the weekend.

Related

CartierAlexanderMug

Woodbury man charged with armed robbery at Mall of America

The man was arrested last week and had a rifle on him.

SuspectsWantedMOAShooting

Mall of America shooting suspects arrested in Chicago

The two suspects were spotted leaving a barber shop.

Mall of America exterior Tyler Vigen Wikimedia COmmons

Man with 'long gun' arrested after armed robbery at MOA

A lockdown wasn't declared due to law enforcement quickly detaining the suspect.

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 8.11.55 AM

Seattle man federally indicted in massive Bloomington fentanyl bust

The case is believed to represent the largest fentanyl bust in the Midwest.

Screen Shot 2022-09-29 at 4.48.45 PM

Bloomington PD announce what's likely 'largest fentanyl bust in Midwest'

The case is under investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

SuspectsWantedMOAShooting

Bloomington PD to provide update on Mall of America shooting investigation

There's unconfirmed reports the suspected gunman and an accomplice have been arrested.