Shades of Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, who wrote lengthy treatises explaining his hit-and-run murder attempts as fidelity to the Qur’an, and echoing the initial statement made by Omeed Aziz Popal — which was later discounted by investigators.
“Rampage behind the wheel leaves trail of destruction,” by David Chanen and Anthony Lonetree in the Star Tribune, with thanks to Tim:
As Arie Ford went inside to gather her two children from her Minneapolis home Wednesday morning, a man stole her idling car. A few blocks away, he repeatedly rammed that car into a cab driven by her brother and injured a well-known 79-year-old North Side clothes store owner.
Within minutes, the man was at the intersection of N. 7th Street and Plymouth Avenue, bouncing off cars and between buildings, stealing a van and then crashing that, too, police said. The five minutes of chaos ended when a group captured the man and held him down until police arrived.
Witness Jeffrey Ford said the suspect’s father told officers the suspect had mental problems.
“He could have hurt a lot of people,” said Arie Ford, who isn’t related to Jeffrey Ford.
Lois Schupmann, the business owner who was injured when the stolen car rammed the cab, was in satisfactory condition Wednesday evening. Nobody else was hurt.
When asked by investigators why he went on the crime spree, the 22-year-old suspect said, “Allah made me do it,” according to a source with knowledge of the case.