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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2020
Death Investigation Underway in Owatonna

Update 7/14/2020

The man identified as a person of interest in the stabbing death of an Owatonna man is in police custody. Hassan Nur Hassan was arrested without incident by Minneapolis police late last night. He was booked into the Hennepin County Jail at 12:35 a.m. this morning.

Mr. Hassan is being transferred to the Steele County Jail as he awaits charging in the July 12 death of Mohamed Aweis Mohamed of Owatonna.

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ST. PAUL — The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office has identified the person who died following an incident Sunday, July 12, at Dartts Park in Owatonna. Mohamed Aweis Mohamed, 32, of Owatonna, died of homicide due to a stab wound to the chest.

As part of their investigation of the incident, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the Owatonna Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a person of interest in the case. Hassan Nur Hassan, 28, is 5’ 11”, approximately 140 lbs., and has brown hair, brown eyes and a goatee. Investigators believe he is driving a tan 2000 Honda Accord 4-door sedan, Minnesota license plate #EGG-087.

Investigators ask that anyone with information on Hassan’s whereabouts, or who witnessed or has information about the incident contact the Owatonna Police Department at 507-444-3800 or dial 911.

The Steele County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol and Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service provided assistance at the scene. This remains an ongoing investigation.

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​ST. PAUL — The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the Owatonna Police Department are investigating a stabbing incident that happened on Sunday, July 12, at an Owatonna park.

Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of a stabbing at Dartts Park, 600 Cherry Street Northeast in Owatonna, at 5:17 p.m. Sunday. Officers located an unconscious man on the ground with what appeared to be stab wounds.

Officers and responding Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service EMTs and air ambulance personnel provided medical aid but the man was pronounced deceased at the scene. He has been taken to the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office for identification and autopsy.

Investigators are asking any members of the public who witnessed or have information about the incident to contact the Owatonna Police Department at 507-444-3800 or dial 911.

BCA crime scene personnel recovered two knives at the scene.

The Steele County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol and Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service provided assistance at the scene. This remains an ongoing investigation. Further information will be released as the investigation progresses. The name of the deceased will be released once the preliminary autopsy and family notifications have taken place.

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