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Three charged in last month's mugging at the Apache Mall

Three charged in last month's mugging at the Apache Mall

(THE MED CITY BEAT) - Prosecutors have charged the following three individuals in connection to a mugging last month at the Apache Mall in Rochester:

  • Bakil Dahir, 21
  • Abdirisak Affey, 18
  • Zakaria Mohamed, 17 (no mugshot available)

Left to right: Abdirisak Affey and Bakil Dahir

According to police, the group orchestrated a robbery at Macy's on the night of March 18. Mohamed was responsible for throwing a woman to the ground and taking her purse, while the other two assisted in the getaway.

The victim, a 52-year-old Kuwaiti national visiting Rochester, was not seriously injured in the robbery. She told police the contents of her purse — including a Rolex watch and a diamond ring — were worth a total of about $15,000.

The robbery:

The victim said she was shopping in the women's section of Macy's when a man, later identified as Mohamed, came up to her and grabbed a Louis Vuitton purse off her shoulder.

 

When she tried to hold on to the purse, Mohamed pushed her to the ground.

According to the criminal complaint, Dahir walked outside the store to signal to Affey to pull the van up to the door. Both Mohamed and Dahir hopped into the vehicle and the three suspects drove off.

The group then went to the parking lot of the Rochester STEM Academy where they swapped out the van's license plates and dumped the purse.

The investigation

The following day, a man found the purse and called police. He told officers that he witnessed two people removing plates from a van in the parking lot the night of the robbery.

The man's description of the van matched that of the one used as the getaway vehicle.

An officer located the van later that night while on routine patrol in the area of Highland Apartments. Police obtained a search warrant for Affey's resident, where he was located and taken into custody.

Affey admitted to being the driver of the getaway vehicle, notes the complaint. He also revealed the identities of his accomplices as Dahir and Mohamed.

The two suspects were questioned by police in late March but not arrested.

Investigators then reviewed the security footage and were able to identify Mohamed as the suspect who grabbed the purse.

Mohamed was arrested on April 2. According to the complaint, he admitted to taking the purse but said he wasn't sure what happened to the jewelry.

Nahir was taken into custody one week later and charged in the robbery. He was also arrested on March 24 after allegedly assaulting a male teen with a "box cutter style" knife.

The three suspects have been charged with multiple felonies, including 1st degree aggravated robbery — which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.


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