A 29-year-old man was arrested Friday after police say he threatened a family, slashed a tire on one of their vehicles and damaged furniture.
Rochester police arrested Harun Ali Abdulle around 5:45 p.m. Friday in the area of 12th Street and Fourth Avenue Southeast.
He was listed in custody at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center Saturday morning pending charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, terroristic threats, first-degree damage to property, two counts of domestic assault as well as two counts of first-degree burglary. All of the charges are felonies. He was held over the weekend due to public safety concerns, according to Police Lt. Gretchen O’Neil.
Officers were called around 11:56 a.m. Friday to a residence in the 3400 block of Kenosha Drive Northwest. A resident called police to report that Abdulle had come into the home, slashed sofas with a large machete and broke a television, according to O'Neil. There were three children home at the time.
Abdulle left the residence prior to police arrival. Officers were called back around 2:45 p.m. that day because Abdulle allegedly was calling the family and making threats, including telling one of the family members to go look at their car in the parking lot. One of the tires was slashed and flat, O'Neil wrote in an email.
Abdulle allegedly sent the family an audio message stating he was going to cut them up into pieces with a knife. An officer spoke with Abdulle, who allegedly told the officer he was going to return and finish the family off, according to O'Neil.
Officers located Abdulle driving later that day and he was taken into custody without incident. A machete was found inside the vehicle Abdulle was driving.