HINCKLEY, Minn. (KMSP) - Prosecutors filed court documents Monday seeking to charge two teenage girls in Pine County, Minnesota with attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault. Aseil Cynthia-Salema Abuhamed and Tayah Valorios Thomas, both 17, turned themselves in to the sheriff’s office on Sunday for the stabbing of a man in Hinckley last Wednesday, April 26.
According to the juvenile delinquency petitions filed Monday, the victim told first responders that he was sitting in the chair next to his bed and listening to music while Abuhamed was cleaning, because she missed school that day. He said nothing out of the ordinary happened that day.
According to court documents, Thomas -- his step-niece -- then walked into the bedroom and started talking about music. She then jumped behind him and covered his face with a pillow. The victim told police that he thought Abuhamed was punching him, but he was able to get the pillow off his face and saw a knife in her hand, at which point he realized he had been stabbed. Thomas was allegedly saying “get him, get him” during the stabbing.
The victim “at first thought that they were playing around” because the girls were laughing, and he said they continued to laugh while he called 911. Court documents state the victim was stabbed in the chest approximately 5 times and in the arm once. He told the 911 dispatcher that he was becoming lightheaded from the blood loss and that he was “leaking like a faucet.”
When the girls ran out of the room, the victim grabbed a knife for his own protection.
A neighbor told deputies that he saw two girls run out of the house and down the street. Investigators also spoke the victim’s stepson, who was home at the time of the incident, and said his sister, Abuhamed, ran into his room holding a knife with her hands covered in blood. She told him that he needed to leave.
A family member told Fox 9 that the girls are cousins and the victim is a boyfriend of Abuhamed's mom. They also said, "It's not what it looks like."
The Pine County Sheriff and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension released a statewide alert for the two girls after they fled the scene of the stabbing. That alert was canceled after they turned themselves in to the sheriff’s office on Sunday.,
The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the Pine County Sheriff’s Office at 320-629-8380 or call 9-1-1.