St. Cloud Victim Says Attacker Cut His Pregnant Girlfriend
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — One of the victims in this weekend’s suspected terror attack in St. Cloud talked with WCCO and described the moment his pregnant girlfriend was attacked.
Nine people were stabbed at Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud Saturday night; are all expected to survive their injuries. Three were hospitalized overnight.
Authorities said the attack lasted five minutes and ended at Macy’s when an off-duty Avon police officer shot and killed the suspect. A source told WCCO the suspect is 22-year-old Dahir Adan and that he attended St. Cloud State University.
On Monday, one of the victims talked with WCCO Radio’s Dave Lee about his – and his pregnant girlfriend’s – encounter with the attacker.
Isaiah Mordal had just gotten off work at the Pretzel Maker at Crossroads Mall in St Cloud Saturday night. He was going to meet his girlfriend when they came across a man wearing a security uniform.
“He walked past me and my girlfriend to this old lady standing on my right. He approached her, and it sounded like he asked her how she was doing and then he stabbed her several times,” Mordal told WCCO Radio’s Dave Lee.
Mordal said they took off, and the man followed them.
“He backed me into a corner. He just stood there, maybe 10 feet away from me. We stared at each other, as I begged him not to do it,” he said.
Then the man ran at him with the knife cocked back.
“When he was close enough, I ducked and moved off to the side, but he still stabbed me in my right shoulder blade,” he said.
Mordal says that’s when the man went after his girlfriend.
“He then turned around and went after my pregnant girlfriend,” he said. “I ran after him screaming ‘don’t touch her, she’s pregnant,’ but he still grabbed her, attempted to stab her, but missed. But still cut her on the back of her neck, at which point I ran after him into the mall screaming ‘someone call 911, there’s someone stabbing people.'”
He said thankfully they will be OK, but admits they are both shaken by the whole ordeal.