An Apple Valley man already facing a felony robbery charge in Dakota County has been charged with punching a man in Bloomington, then stealing his cell phone and baseball cap as repayment for what he said was a basketball bet.
Abdoul Said Kone, 23, is charged with two felonies: simple robbery, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, and theft from person, which has a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
He is also charged with misdemeanor fifth-degree assault, for which the maximum penalty is 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Metro Transit police were called to the Mall of America transit station just after 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 on a report of a fight, according to the criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court, signed by Metro Transit Police Lt. Charles Donaldson.
By the time officers arrived, Mall of America security guards had separated the two men, Kone and the victim.
The victim said Kone had approached him and demanded that he pay off a basketball bet. When the victim told Kone he didn’t have any money, Kone stuck his hand in the victim’s pocket, grabbed his cell phone and walked away with it, the complaint says.
The victim followed Kone and demanded his phone back, and Kone turned around and punched him in the face, according to the complaint. The two struggled briefly before security guards intervened.
Kone told police that the victim owed him money, and that he planned to keep his cell phone and baseball cap until he paid his debt, the complaint says.
Kone has been released from custody on a $10,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in his latest case is scheduled Dec. 18 in Hennepin County District Court.