Minneapolis dad stops attack
By Brittany Falkers
A Minneapolis dad stopped a group of teens who were attacking a man Thursday morning, said the Star Tribune http://www.startribune.com/local/67849327.html?page=2&c=y.
While walking his 6-year-old son to the school bus stop at around 6:30 a.m. a pediatrician, Dr. Mani Mokalla, came across a group of teens kicking a middle-age man who lay helpless on the ground, according to the Star Tribune.
"I basically inquired, 'What's going on, what are you guys doing?' And they said for me to mind my own business, and I indicated that if they're hurting someone, it is my business," Mokalla told reporters at WCCO news http://wcco.com/crime/teenagers.assaults.minneapolis.2.1282945.html.
In intervening in the attack Mokalla was met with several punches to the face delivered by a teenage girl, which he said was "a surprise and stupefying," according to the Star Tribune.
After another teen challenged him, Mokalla told his son it was time to go. When the two began to leave, the teens ran off, heading south on 17th Avenue, said the Star Tribune.
The punches to his face knocked off and broke his glasses, leaving him unable to give officers a clear description, said the Star Tribune http://www.startribune.com/local/67849327.html?page=2&c=y.
Sgt. William Palmer, a Minneapolis police spokesman, told the Star Tribune, "I admire where he's coming from, but he did get injured, and that's concerning to us," adding that is a personal decision to take action, but he urged people to call 911 as soon as possible.
Only nine blocks away and about a half hour earlier, police believe the same group of teenagers attacked another man, said a reporter for WCCO news.
Minneapolis police are looking for the group who they believe attacked at least three men, said a reporter for WCCO news.
For Mokalla, the incident is "a strange statement, one that saddens me on the state of our social predicament that causes people to act this way," he said to the Star Tribune adding, "Teens don't get up at 6:40 a.m. to beat up people."