Man Charged After Threatening Family, Brooklyn Center Officers with 14-Inch-Long Knife
Complaint: Suspect Nearly Stabbed Woman Holding Baby
A St. Louis Park man is charged with second-degree attempted murder following a domestic disturbance in Brooklyn Center.
Clyde Mutanga, 27, is accused of trying to stab a woman holding a baby at the front of a home. In addition to the murder charge, Mutanga is also charged with two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
According to the criminal complaint:
Brooklyn Center police responded to a 911 call Wednesday at about 9:45 p.m. at a home on the 1600 block of 68th Lane. When they arrived, they met with a woman holding a 9-month-old baby who said that her son had threatened to kill her with a large knife. Police also learned the suspect was still inside the home with her aunt and another 9-month-old child.
Police knocked on the door and announced their presence. They were then greeted by the aunt who was holding the child. Police then noticed the suspect moving quickly toward the front door appearing to hide something in his hand. Orders for him to stop were not obeyed.
At that moment, the suspect turned away from the officers and toward the woman at the front door. The suspect lunged toward the woman with an object, which officers could see was a knife. One of the officers was able to knock the knife out of the suspect’s hand. During the stabbing attempt, the woman fell to the ground holding the baby.
“She curled up her body and shielded the baby,” read the complaint.
The suspect continued to lunge toward the woman attempting to strangle her. Police eventually were able to restrain the suspect without any serious injuries to the woman.
“A Taser was used by an officer during their struggle to arrest the suspect,” read a statement provided by Brooklyn Center police to CCX News. “Even after being handcuffed, the suspect continued to struggle with officers as he kicked officers, and tried to spit at and bite an officer.”
The complaint says the suspect, Mutanga, was “supposed to be at the workhouse or in treatment.” The mother of the suspect says she initially told him to leave, but that he came home for his ID and some food.
As he finished eating, he was told to leave, which upset him, the complaint said.