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Man faces felony for spitting at deputy

A 22-year-old sought for questioning as part of an ongoing criminal investigation has been charged with a pair of felonies after he allegedly spit at and threatened law enforcement.

Abdirahman Mohamed Sufi made his first appearance Thursday in Olmsted County District Court, where he faces one count each of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer and terroristic threats. He remains in custody in lieu of $20,000 conditional bail and is due back in court June 17.

The case began about 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, when authorities served a search warrant at a residence in the 1800 block of 49th Street Southwest. Officers were allowed in the house, where they found Sufi on a mattress in the basement.

When they told him he was being detained for a search warrant, Sufi began swearing and threatening them, the complaint says, and told one of the officers they should step outside and settle the problem "man to man."

He was taken to a squad car, where he allegedly spat at a deputy, hitting him near the right ear and cheek. After the officer closed the sliding window to the squad car's cage, Sufi said he was going to sexually assault the officer's wife and daughter, the report says.


Sufi continued to be uncooperative and combative with staff at the Adult Detention Center as they booked him.

The assault charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison, a $6,000 fine, or both. The threats charge is punishable by up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

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