A former Minneapolis, Minnesota mayoral candidate was mercilessly beaten up by two teenage girls after having his cellphone stolen at a Mall of America Starbucks.
Mark Andrew came in second to Betsy Hodges in the most competitive mayoral race Minneapolis has seen in a generation.
The former Hennepin County Commissioner had just hung up the phone and was in the middle of writing his New Year’s resolutions Thursday evening when a young man came up and swiped his iPhone 4S off the cafe table.
‘I was targeted because the phone was out and I’m 63 years old, and I’m sure they thought that I was easy pickins,’ he told the Star Tribune.
Not one to sit ideally by while a wrong is committed, Andrew got up and chased after the man but was stopped by his two teenage girl friends.
‘If somebody is gonna do that to me or somebody else, I’m not a bystander by nature I’ll go in and fight,’ he told CBS Minnesota.
The women, one of them armed with a billy club, didn’t let Mr Andrew get away and mercilessly beat him over the head until he started bleeding profusely.
When Mr Andrew fought back, one of the women,18-year-old Letaija Shapree Cutler-Cain from Brooklyn Park, gouged his face with her fingernails and said: ‘I’m going to kill you! Let me go or I’m going to kill you’.
Mr Andrew says it took about five minutes for police to arrive and that hundreds of shoppers witnessed the incident, but no one intervened because ‘they were too afraid’ and he called that a ‘sad commentary’.