Police: 2 stabbed at MOA identified

Bloomington police say two people were stabbed during an "interrupted theft" in a Macy's dressing room at the Mall of America. The injuries were not life threatening and the suspect is in custody. http://kare11.tv/2ABBOLP

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Bloomington police have identified two people they say were stabbed during an "interrupted theft" in a Macy's dressing room at the Mall of America.

Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said at 6:44 p.m. Sunday, officers were called to Macy's on a report of a stabbing. Potts said a suspect had gone into a dressing room in the men's department and attempted to steal some property.

When the person returned to the dressing room after trying on clothes, police said the suspect produced a knife. Potts said during the confrontation, the suspect stabbed the victim.

Potts said the victim's family members went in to help, and a second victim sustained a knife wound. He said the family members were able to disarm the suspect, and officers arrived shortly after to take the suspect into custody.

Potts said two adult male victims were brought to the hospital. Alexander Sanchez, 19, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries to his face and upper body, and remains at HCMC, according to police.

John Sanchez, 25, was treated for stab wounds to his upper body and has been released from HCMC, Bloomington police say. 

Potts said the suspect had "minor, superficial wounds" and was transported to jail.

Macy's was locked down temporarily, but police did not lock down the whole mall, according to Potts. He said officers arrived within one to two minutes after the call.

Sixteen-year-old Maddie Schwieters was visiting Santa at Macy's when she saw the police arrive. She tells KARE 11 she ran toward the situation and saw two people on the floor.

"Usually in the mall you think, 'Oh, someone got into a fight or something,'" she said. "You never really think something will go down that’s this horrific.”

Schwieters said police closed the whole bottom floor of Macy's and had everyone leave for safety reasons.

“The whole situation, it kind of happened so fast that you don’t really know what’s going on until someone comes past you and is like, 'This guy has a knife, get away,'" she said.

The investigation is ongoing and police are interviewing witnesses.

The Mall of America issued a statement Sunday night, saying:

"This evening during an interrupted theft inside Macy’s Mall of America, two people were stabbed and sustained non-life threatening injuries. One person is in custody and Bloomington Police is conducting the ongoing investigation. Our thoughts are with the families involved. 

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