A former Minneapolis mayoral candidate was beaten outside a coffee shop at the Mall of America Thursday night after a thief took off with his iPhone.
Mark Andrew, 63, of south Minneapolis told the Star Tribune that he was working at a table at Starbucks before 7 p.m. when someone took his phone and ran out the door.
Andrew went after the thief, who he thought was a man, and encountered two young women waiting outside who attacked him. One woman used a club to beat Andrew on the head and face, he said.
The newspaper said Andrew was able to restrain one of the women while the other continued hitting him, yelling "We're going to kill you!"
No one at Starbucks got involved, Andrew told the newspaper. Police showed up within a few minutes.
The Star Tribune says the two women, one of them a teenager, were detained and are facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon and robbery.
Andrews suffered minor injuries and took an ambulance ride to Fairview Southdale Hospital, where he received 9 stitches.
As for his phone, it was dropped by the swiper and returned to Andrew by a passerby.
Andrew lost the race for mayor to Betsy Hodges. He was Hodges closest competitor with more than 30 percent of the vote.