Minneapolis police seek public’s help in identifying suspect who randomly stabbed three people

The suspect randomly stabbed three people over a 24-minute period on March 17.

Images of the suspect courtesy of the Minneapolis Police Department.

The Minneapolis Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a homicide suspect who randomly stabbed three people at three different locations on March 17, 2021.

On Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 9:21 am, an unknown suspect stabbed a 78-year-
old white female, Maria Elena Mantini, at the bus shelter at Chicago and Franklin
Avenue East. The suspect then fled the scene on foot. The victim was transported to
Hennepin County Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.

Shortly thereafter at 9:30 am, an unknown suspect approached a 76-year-old white
male who was standing on the sidewalk at 2215 Park Avenue South and waiting for his wife
who was at a doctor’s appointment. The suspect stabbed the victim multiple times and
fled on foot. The victim was transported to Hennepin Healthcare for treatment.

Then at 9:45 am, a 28 year-old-year Hispanic male was stabbed while he was sitting in
a bus shelter at Lake Street and 12th Avenue South by an unknown male who fled on
foot. The victim was transported to Hennepin Healthcare for medical care.

MPD included a map of the incident locations.

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The Minneapolis Police Department, working in conjunction with the Metro Transit Police Department, has determined that the suspect in all three of these crimes appears to be the same individual, wearing the same clothing and exhibiting a similar crime pattern.

The suspect is described as a black male with facial hair and black hair, possibly 5’7″-5’9″, and his age is unknown.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS
(8477). Tips may be submitted electronically at www.CrimeStoppersMN.org. All Tips are anonymous and persons providing information leading to an arrest and conviction
may be eligible for a financial reward.

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