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.