Rochester woman says man pointed a gun at her face and pulled the trigger

Omar Alasow Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. Omar Alasow

Updated: March 27, 2020 02:45 PM
Created: March 27, 2020 10:13 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Rochester Police said a woman said she approached a former neighbor of hers in a parking lot to say hello when he pointed a gun at her face and pulled the trigger. The gun clicked, but didn't go off. 

It happened on the 300 block of 31 St NE in Rochester around 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 26. 


Rochester Police Captain Casey Moilanen said a 50-year-old woman pulled into the parking lot of the apartment complex where she lives and saw 59-year-old Omar Alasow. She told police he used to be her neighbor so she went to say hello, when she said Alasow pulled out a gun, pointed it at her, and pulled the trigger. 

She said the gun clicked, but didn't go off. She screamed and ran away. She said Alasow chased her, continuing to pull the trigger of the gun. She told police she could hear the gun continue to click. 

Two apartment maintenance workers heard the woman screaming and told police they saw Alasow chasing the woman. They yelled at him, and he ran away. 

Soonafter, an officer saw a car on South Broadway that matched the description of Alasow's. The officer tried to stop the car near Civic Center Drive and South Broadway, but the car didn't stop. Eventually, the car stopped in the parking lot of the Park Towers apartment complex. 

Capt. Moilanen said the officer made contact with Alasow and she saw a handgun in the front seat of his car. The officer arrested him. 

Alasow is in custody and has been charged with 2nd-degree assault, and 2nd-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. 

The woman said she had no idea why Alasow would try to shoot her.  

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