Law enforcement officials are asking for the public’s help in locating a person of interest in a homicide investigation.
Owatonna police were called to Dartts Park at 5:17 p.m. Sunday for a report of a stabbing. Officers located an unconscious man on the ground in the southeast parking lot of the park with what appeared to be stab wounds.
Mohamed Aweis Mohamed, 32, of Owatonna, died at the scene as a result of a stab wound to the chest, despite efforts made by first responders, including air ambulance personnel, to provide medical aid. Mohamed was taken to the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is helping in the investigation, reportedly recovered two knives at the scene.
As a part of the investigation, the BCA and Owatonna police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Hassan Nur Hassan, 28. Hassan is described as 5 feet, 11 inches tall, approximately 150 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and a goatee. Investigators believe he is driving a tan, four-door 2000 Honda Accord with Minnesota license plate EGG-087.
Owatonna Chief of Police Keith Hiller said that Hassan is considered dangerous and should not be approached. While Hassan has a long criminal history, he’s not been convicted of anything more serious than giving an officer a false name and driving with a suspended license.
Investigators are asking anyone with information on Hassan’s whereabouts, who witnessed the alleged stabbing or has information about the incident to contact the Owatonna Police Department at 507-444-3800 or dial 911.
There have been a handful of homicide investigations within the city of Owatonna over the last 25 years, though this is the first in more than 20 years to involve the use of a deadly weapon.
The most recent homicide investigation was related to an overdose that took place on July 10, 2019. The investigation resulted in third-degree murder charges for the suspect who was alleged to have provided the controlled substances to the decedent.
On Aug. 3, 2007, an assault took place in which the victim died a month later as a result of complications from the injuries he sustained. The victim, 79-year-old William Eastling, was beaten inside the apartment of one of his neighbors. The suspect was charged with second-degree murder, but the charges were dropped when it was determined the suspect had a mental illness.
On Jan. 8, 2000, a double homicide took place on Mound Street. The victims were 21-year-old Juan Jasso and 25-year-old Arturo Reyes, both whom were stabbed to death. The suspect, Gonzalo Hernandez, was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder. Hernandez is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence.
On Jan. 7, 1996, a homicide took placed in downtown Owatonna where the decedent died from asphyxiation. This case remains open.