Local teen charged with robbery, assault, rioting

By Janice Gregorson

Robbery, assault and riot charges have been filed against a third person accused of attacking a man outside a city apartment complex in January.

Mustafa Rahim Farah, 16, 2009 17th St. S.E. No. 37, Rochester, is charged in Olmsted District Juvenile Court with first-degree aggravated robbery, simple robbery, both felonies. He also is charged with gross misdemeanor third-degree riot with the use of force or violence and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. He is to make his first court appearance April 20.

In January, David Ijong, 18, of Rochester, was charged in adult court. His case remains open and an evidentiary hearing is set for April 10.


Mongong Deng, 17, of Rochester, was charged in juvenile court. He was found guilty and sentenced March 10 by Judge Joseph Wieners to complete a correctional program at Red Wing Juvenile Correctional Facility, do 100 hours of community work service, write a letter of apology to the victim, and comply with all other terms of probation, which runs until July 2010. Deng also was sentenced for having dangerous weapons on school property in January. That sentence runs concurrent.

The robbery charges for all three stem from an incident Jan. 8 at Meadow Park Apartments in southeast Rochester.

A witness called 911 at about 11 p.m. He said he was driving some people home to the apartment complex and saw a group of some nine male and females hitting and kicking the victim. The witness also saw them going through the victim’s pockets. When the witness started yelling at the assailants, they fled on foot. The witness took the victim to his car, called 911 and then stopped when he saw a squad car.

The victim later told police he was at the apartment complex and was approached by the suspects. He said one sprayed something into his eyes and they began beating him up. He said about $125 was taken from his coat pocket.

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