Actor James Woods has a special knack for riling up Democrats and he has done it again with a tweet in which he posted a video of Muslims filing into the Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.
The tweet, which included a video of hundreds of Somali Muslims inside the mall in brightly colored robes and hijabs, comes on the heels of a vicious knife attack by a Muslim at the same mall on Sunday night.
Mahad Abdiaziz Abdirahaman, 20, has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault after he stabbed two brothers – Alexander and John Sanchez – because the brothers tried to stop him from stealing clothes from a store at the Mall of America.
He was allegedly caught red-handed in the middle of a robbery in the dressing room at Macy’s, and one of the brothers nearly paid with his life for trying to stop the heist. Abdirahaman used an 8-inch blade to cut 19-year-old Alexander Sanchez “to the bone,” leaving a wound that required dozens of stitches and a blood transfusion to save Sanchez’s life, the Star-Tribune reported.
In another round of bad news for the mall on Wednesday, it was reported by the local CBS affiliate that a ride-attendant at the mall’s Nickelodeon Universe theme park named Amin Mohamed has been accused of touching a woman between the legs as she was strapping into her seat. Mohamed Amin, 18, of Minneapolis is charged with fifth degree criminal sexual conduct. The incident reportedly took place over the weekend.
In the complaint, investigators noted that the buckle on the seat is by the rider’s hip, “nowhere near” the groin area.
Police arrested Mohamed and booked him into jail.
If convicted of the criminal sexual conduct charge, Mohamed faces a maximum penalty of one year behind bars and/or a fine of $3,000.
On Tuesday, Woods tweeted the following:
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 13, 2017
Although it is unclear when the video was originally captured, “Nickelodeon Universe is a popular destination for Minnesota families, including the state’s sizable Somali-American population, particularly during Eid al-Adha, the biggest religious holiday in the Muslim world,” according to the Star-Tribune.
Wood has more than 1 million followers on Twitter. His tweet of the mall video helped make it viral. It received more than 10,000 retweets and was favorited by 14,000 Twitter users as of Wednesday morning.
Many posted comments on Facebook saying they could not believe their eyes.
“Good lord. I thought this was fake, but it’s not. This is video footage taken at the Mall of America,” posted Charles Campbell. “Am I in Somalia?”
“Unless the Somalis can support all of the stores at the MOA that mall will be closing,” posted Lesli Odegard Cameron. “After all, who would want to shop in that atmosphere?”
“I need an emoji for throwing up,” commented Linda Savla.
“This is an invasion,” wrote Kurt Kohanowich.
But others came to the Somalis’ defense and said Woods was just promoting fear and bigotry.
“This was from an EID festival. Stop being so ignorant! They came together here as a celebration, that’s why there are many… and it was peaceful and they were having fun! What is so wrong!” posted Taylor Grace.
But “peaceful” was not the operative word for what happened Sunday evening at the mall.
No motive for the stabbings was offered in the charging document, but it did suggest Abdiraham has had psychological difficulties, the Star-Tribune reported. Last year, he was arrested on suspicion of stabbing two staff members with a pen at an inpatient psychiatric unit.
John Sanchez, 25, came to his younger brother’s rescue, as did another family member. The older brother grabbed at the knife and was cut on his hands, and suffered slashes to his back that required 42 stitches. The brothers and others subdued and disarmed Abdirahaman until police could arrive.
The Mall of America, commonly known as MOA, opened in 1992 in Bloomington and remains the largest mall in the nation and the 12th largest in the world in terms of floor space.
Just over a year ago, on Sept. 17, 2016, another Somali refugee, Dahir Adan, 21, carried out a knife attack at the Crossroads Center Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, injuring 10 people, two of them critically, before being shot dead by an off-duty policeman.