Rochester police investigating assault at Salvation Army

(ABC 6 News) — Rochester police said a man broke a coffee mug over an employee’s head and then assaulted a police officer.

It happened around 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20 at the Salvation Army Social Services Center at 115 1 Ave NE downtown.

According to Rochester Police Lieutenant Tom Faudskar, police were called because a man was being disorderly and getting aggressive toward Salvation Army staff members. Lt. Faudskar said the man smashed a coffee mug on a worker’s head. When police got there, they identified the man as Mahamed Abikar, who had a warrant out for his arrest.

While officers were working to arrest him, Lt. Faudskar said the man kicked an officer in the stomach and knocked the officer to the ground. The officer was not seriously hurt.

Abikar was arrested and is facing charges of 4th-degree assault on a peace officer and disorderly conduct. The staff member who was hit in the head with the coffee mug did not want to press additional charges.