Skip to main content

Charges filed in MOA assault: Andrew vows to stay involved

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Fox 9 reports an 18-year-old woman from Brooklyn Park has been charged in the assault of mayoral candidate and former Hennepin County commissioner Mark Andrew.

Letaija Shapree Cutler-Cain is facing two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery and one count of second-degree assault.

Andrew told police he had been sitting at a Mall of America Starbucks Thursday when a man grabbed his iPhone and fled.

The criminal complaint says Cutler-Cain jumped on Andrew's back as he chased the thief. A 17-year-old girl then struck Andrew in the head with a metal club. Charges against the girl are expected Monday.

Andrew was taken to Fairview Southdale Hospital, where he received nine stitches and was released. Police said he had a large cut on the top of his head and was bleeding from his mouth. He also had bruises and abrasions on his face.

According to the Star Tribune, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who endorsed Andrew in the mayoral election, said the suspects will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

“People ought to be able to sit and have a cup of coffee without fear of assault,” Freeman said.

The attack took place in the Starbucks on the second floor of the mall, next to Kay Jewelers.

A witness told police she saw the suspects sitting at the Starbucks when Andrew came in. She saw the man take the phone, and the two women confront him outside.

The complaint said Cutler-Cain told police that the alleged thieves had checked the Starbucks several times that afternoon to determine if it was “sweet.” Asked to explain what that meant, she said they were seeing if any customers had items they could steal.

Andrew told a reporter that he thought Starbucks customers were "too afraid" to intervene.

A bystander returned the phone to Andrew after the thief dropped it.

“I’m not going to let someone take my phone, Andrew said. “I’m not going to let that pass. They thought they wouldn’t get chased.”

He promised to stay involved in the case.

Next Up

Flickr - utility pole power line

Morning storms cause power outages, ensuing problems in Eagan

There have been reports of disabled traffic lights and issues at local businesses.

kim crockett facebook sos

GOP nominee questions if those with disabilities, non-English speakers should be able to vote

Crockett made the comments in a 2020 radio interview following a ruling from the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Pharmacy

Jury: MN pharmacist did not violate woman's rights by refusing her morning-after pill

Gender Justice, the advocacy group that brought about the lawsuit, says it will appeal the decision.

Screen Shot 2021-10-04 at 3.03.13 PM

Revival to close its original Minneapolis restaurant

Don't worry – it's bringing the chicken to its nearby BBQ joint.

image

Fatal crash under investigation on Hwy 62 in Mendota Heights

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the crash near Dodd Road.

Pixabay bike wheel

Driver strikes 5 bicyclists near Mapleton

The Sheriff's Office has indicated that those injured were children.

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 3.13.52 PM

The former Bachelor Farmer space is sold in Minneapolis

A new restaurant is expected to open next year.

flooding on Interstate 90

Supercharged atmosphere causing more mega-rain events

There could be a mega-rain event Saturday-Sunday in Minnesota, Wisconsin and/or Iowa.

9Rhiw3Tw

Massive Burnsville landfill expansion nears final approvals

The City of Burnsville and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are accepting public feedback on the proposal.

Related