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Continued: Police: iPhone thieves had cased MOA Starbucks before beating Mark Andrew

  • Article by: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 27, 2013 - 10:54 PM

“They were too afraid,” Andrew said.

He guessed the police came after about five minutes. Upon their arrival, Andrew said the women told police that he had assaulted them first, but a witness inside the shop confirmed his account. Even after authorities detained the attackers, the women told Andrew they would have him killed.

The hospital treated and released him the same night.

The man who swiped the phone apparently dropped it after seeing the commotion, and a passerby later returned it to Andrew.

“I’m not going to let someone take my phone,” Andrew said. “I’m not going to let that pass. They thought they wouldn’t get chased.”

Andrew said that as he walked back into his south Minneapolis home, he lifted his fist in the air and told his adult children, “We won.”

He vowed to stay involved in the case.

“They’re damaged kids, and maybe they’re too far gone, but I think there’s redemption for everybody,” Andrew said. “So we’ll try to find a way for them to get in a place where they can turn their lives around.”

Maya Rao • 612-673-4210

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