Teens charged in Mark Andrew attack

MINNEAPOLIS -- Letaija Cutler-Cain, 18, made her first court appearance on Monday on charges that she, along with a 17-year-old girl, brutally attacked Minneapolis mayoral candidate Mark Andrew outside of at Mall of America Starbucks last week. The girls allegedly used a metal baton to beat Andrew as he tried to chase after a man who stole his iPhone.

That man has not been arrested or charged but the investigation is ongoing.

According to court documents Cutler-Cain told police the three of them had checked out the Starbucks several times that day to determine if it was "sweet" meaning if customers had items there that they wanted to steal.

Cutler-Cain's bail was set at $25,000 with conditions that she has no contact with Andrew or her co-defendants.

The 17-year-old juvenile female was also charged Monday with two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of assault.

Cutler-Cain's mother and grandmother were in court today and said they would do everything possible to help their daughter and grand-daughter get thru this.

"I just want to tell Mr. Andrew sorry we are," Cutler-Cain's grandmother Helen Edwards said.

Andrew is recovering from his injuries.

He has nine stitches in his head, abrasions on his face, a wound in his mouth and bruises on his back and legs.


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