Suspect in West River Parkway Murder Charged

A man was stabbed fourteen times so violently last week that the knife blade broken off from the handle was found lying next to his body when responders found him.

Abdirahman Osman Yusuf, Source: Hennepin County Sheriff

A man was stabbed fourteen times so violently last week that the knife blade broken off from the handle was found lying next to his body when responders found him.

Recorded police dispatch audio captured the moments after police on patrol in the area found the unresponsive victim under the Third Avenue bridge at the river’s edge of downtown Minneapolis and attempted to give him CPR before pronouncing him deceased at the scene.

Over a week later, Abdirahman Osman Yusuf, 25, has now been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the case.

The victim was identified last week as Burka Osman Mohammed, 21, of Minneapolis. According to the criminal complaint, Mohammed was seen on downtown Minneapolis cameras earlier that night with a group of other men. One of the men was later arrested and told police that the group had been down by the river when Yusuf got aggressive and started stabbing Mohammed. The witness said he ran away, but that Yusuf later called him and threatened him and told him not to say anything about the stabbing.

After being arrested, Yusuf admitted to stabbing Mohammed, but claimed he stabbed him two or three times and said he didn’t know that Mohammed had died until he saw reports the next day, the complaint said.

Yusuf has a prior conviction on two counts of aid/abet first-degree aggravated robbery for which he originally received a stayed sentence in Feb. 2015. Following several probation violations, the 58-month sentence was executed in Nov. 2016. Yusuf was released from prison last October and has been on supervised probation since then.

Yusuf, who listed an address on the 600 block of 19th Avenue South in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is currently in custody on $1 million dollars bail and is scheduled to make an initial court appearance on Aug. 23.

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