MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The runner-up in the Minneapolis mayoral election is recovering after being robbed and brutally beaten Thursday night at the Mall of America.READ MORE: 84-Year-Old Wisconsin Woman Found Safe After Authorities Ask For Public's Help
Mark Andrew, 63, was at a Starbucks inside the mall at around 7 p.m. Thursday when a man grabbed his phone off his table and ran off.
When Andrew went after him, he was tackled by two teenage girls – aged 18 and 17 — one of which began beating him with a billy club. During the attack, they told Andrew, “We’re going to kill you,” police say.
Andrew was left with a large gash on his head that required nine stitches. He has since been released from the hospital.In Sartell, Beloved 'Grandpa Kevin' Is Sharing Life Lessons To Elementary School Students
Andrew said Friday that he chased after the thief, because he’s not a bystander by nature.
“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 said.
The two women who attacked Andrew were arrested and are in custody. The 18-year-old was identified as Letajia Shapree Cutler-Cain, of Brooklyn Park. She is pictured above and is being held pending felony charges of aiding and abetting aggravated robbery.
Police are still searching for the male suspect.MORE NEWS: Despite Warm Temps, Cold Water Poses Hypothermia Risk At Minnesota Lakes Over Memorial Day Weekend
Andrew’s phone was found Thursday by shoppers.