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Minnesota: Machete-Wielding Muslim Stabs Four Women, Released Same Day

One woman was left unable to lift one of her arms and another will be on crutches for a time following a knife attack at a Northwest Rochester apartment complex early Wednesday.

Omar Abudakar Maani made his first appearance in Olmsted County District Court Thursday morning on three felony charges — second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree assault. Judge Lisa Hayne ordered Maani released on conditions that he submit to electronic monitoring and not use or possess any firearms dangerous weapons. Unconditional bail was set at $75,000.

Rochester police were called about 2:40 a.m. Wednesday to Cascade Creek Apartments, 421 Sixth Ave. NW, by a person who reported that people were stabbing each other on the building’s second floor and that two people were badly cut with a machete, according to the criminal complaint. A search warrant filed with the court indicates that police took a silver kitchen knife and a “long knife sheathe — black” from the apartment.

Officers arrived to find four women screaming in the hallway and blood smeared on the walls. Rochester police Capt. Casey Moilanen said Thursday morning that a 19-year-old Rochester woman’s leg was cut and a 20-year-old woman’s arm was cut in the assault.

Court documents state the “long deep gash” in the 19-year-old’s leg was “deep enough to expose fatty tissue” and that the woman was unable to walk due to the injury and would require crutches for an unspecified amount of time. The cut to the 20-year-old woman’s arm required surgery to repair and was deep enough to “cut through her muscle.”

(Post Bulletin)

Officers arrived to find four women.

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RPD: Man accused in stabbing incident arrested, other man released from custody

By: KAAL-TV, July 07, 2021 (hat tip Wes)::

(ABC 6 News) — UPDATE: The Rochester Police Department has arrested the man accused of stabbing two women early Wednesday morning.

The RPD said 23-year-old Omar Maani was arrested in NE Rochester Wednesday afternoon. Maani is facing possible charges of 2nd-degree assault.

Police said the man arrested soon after the incident, Qalib Ahmed, has now been released from custody.

“After further investigation and additional interviews with victims and witnesses, we do not believe there is sufficient probable cause to charge Mr. Ahmed for crimes related to this case.”

It happened around 2:40 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7 at the Cascade Creek Apartment complex located at 421 6th Ave. NW.

Witnesses told police there was a small gathering inside a second-floor apartment when one of the men who lives in the apartment became angry after he thought someone had stolen an item of his.

Three women inside the apartment told police they tried to leave because they were afraid, but the man and another man inside the apartment chased after them.

The man who was originally upset allegedly cut one woman in the arm and one woman in the leg with a machete, according to police. Police said the third woman was also attacked and had a minor laceration on her back. All injuries are said to be non-life-threatening, according to police.

Police said the other man involved, allegedly grabbed one of the women by the neck and began to choke her before she fell to the ground.

Witnesses said the two men then left the apartment.

Police were able to locate the man who allegedly choked a woman on a nearby bike trail. Police said he is 23-year-old Qalib Ahmed. Ahmed has a Columbia Heights address and is facing possible assault charges.

Police have yet to locate the man who allegedly stabbed the three women, but said he is 23 years old and lives at the apartment where the incident took place.

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