Runner up in Minneapolis mayoral election beaten when trying to recover stolen phone

Letaija Shapree Cutler-Cain was arrested for assulting former Minneapolis mayoral candidate Mark Andrew.

Former Minneapolis mayoral candidate Mark Andrew was beaten when trying to catch the thief that took his cell phone.    CBS Minnesota

Mark Andrew, 63, was at a Starbucks at the Mall of America when a young male swiped his cell phone. When he chased after the boy two young women beat him with a metal baton. They were arrested and Andrew declared victory. “We won,” he told his children.

(SOURCE)   The second place finisher for the mayoral election in Minneapolis was beaten with a baton by two women as he tried to catch the suspect who stole his cell phone.

And though he lost last month’s close election Mark Andrew, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune when he walked into his house Friday morning he lifted his arms in the air and told his adult children “we won” as the two women who savagely beat him were apprehended.

“I was targeted because the phone was out and I’m 63 years old, and I’m sure they thought that I was easy pickins,” Andrew said in a phone interview with the newspaper. “I’m not going to let someone take my phone …I’m not going to let that pass. They thought they wouldn’t get chased.”

Letaija Shapree Cutler-Cain, 18, was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery in the first degree and one count of assaul.

Letaija Shapree Cutler-Cain, 18, was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery in the first degree and one count of assault. Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office

Andrew was sitting at the table of a Starbucks at the mall when a teenage boy snagged Andrew’s phone that he had placed on the table. But the 63-year-old got up and immediately chased after the thief.

But before he could leave the store, two female suspects stopped him, police said in the criminal complaint.

One suspect, Letaija Shapree Cutler-Cain, 18, humped on the politician’s back while the second suspect, a 17-year-old girl, started to strike Andrew in the head with a metal baton.

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