A 32-year-old man living in St. Anthony faces assault charges for allegedly using an X-Acto knife and frying pan to attack and injure his four housemates, prosecutors announced Friday.
Raphael Kamau Simmons of Minneapolis has been charged in Hennepin County District Court with one count of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault in connection with a beating that investigators say left three people bloodied from knife wounds and one unconscious from a head injury.
Prosecutors described the beating as a “rampage” in a news release Friday from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
On Wednesday morning, police were summoned to the 2600 block of 29th Avenue N. in St. Anthony and found a man bleeding heavily from hand and face gashes, according to the criminal complaint. The man told officers that Simmons had stabbed him, spurring him to flee the house for help.
Authorities then approached the house where they say Simmons lived with the four victims of the attack, according to the charging document. Officers say they saw Simmons leave the house and get inside a car parked in the driveway. When police told him to get on the ground, authorities say Simmons told them to shoot him. An officer punctured a car tire so that Simmons couldn’t flee before being detained by police, who then found a silver X-Acto knife in his front left pocket, the complaint said.
Inside the house, investigators say they found a woman unconscious on the floor with blood pooled around her head. They came across a second woman who had locked herself in the bathroom and dialed 911 after being stabbed. That woman told police she had heard a loud bang and found Simmons with a frying pan, standing over one of the roommates, according to the charges.
A third injured woman, who later needed staples on her head for a knife wound, told police that she had been in a relationship with Simmons and that the woman unconscious on the floor was her mother, the complaint continues. Her mother suffered from bleeding around her brain and had her spleen removed to stop internal bleeding, authorities say.
Simmons remained in custody Friday at Hennepin County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.