Man charged with attempted murder for Roseville stabbings

A 23-year-old Minneapolis man was charged with premeditated attempted murder for allegedly stabbing multiple times his ex-wife and her friend at a Roseville motel on March 28.

Axmed Maxamed Hilowle was charged March 29 in Ramsey County District Court with two counts of first-degree attempted murder. His first appearance in court was April 1. 

He’s yet to enter a plea and was back in court April 9, after press time for this edition of the paper.

He allegedly stabbed his 24-year-old ex-wife and her 20-year-old female friend in a room at the Motel 6 in the 2300 block of Cleveland Avenue. His 3-year-old son with his former spouse was in the room at the time. The child was not hurt.

The maximum penalty for first-degree attempted murder is 20 years.

Court documents say Hilowle had been pleading with his former wife via phone messages to let him know her location and that of their son. The woman told police that Hilowle had allegedly been abusive and threatening, so she’d been staying at the Motel 6 for a couple of weeks.

She told police she eventually let Hilowle know her location in the early morning hours of March 28 after he said he had nowhere to stay and that he needed his car, which she’d been driving, court documents say. 

The woman told police she moved the car to a visible spot at the motel to ensure her safety when turning it over, and Hilowle arrived via an Uber, court documents say. The woman was still in the car and Hilowle entered it. He pinned her inside it, allegedly saying, “Either you are going to die or I’m going to die.”

Hilowle moved the car and followed the 24-year-old up to her motel room, entering it and then going into the bathroom, the woman told police, according to court documents. Hilowle went to leave and noticed the woman’s 20-year-old friend; he’d allegedly claimed the friend had been preventing him from getting back together with his ex-wife.

The woman told police Hilowle allegedly attacked the friend with a red-handled steak knife; when the 24-year-old intervened, he allegedly stabbed her too, court documents say. The friend told police that the 24-year-old woman was attacked first; she also said that Hilowle had threatened her life via text message. Both woman allege that Hilowle said he was going to kill them as he attacked them.

Court documents say the friend managed to run out of the room; based on seeing her, multiple people called 911 to report that a woman covered in blood had said someone was being killed in a room.

Police found the friend in the parking lot; she’d been stabbed in her head, arm, shoulder and spine. She alerted officers to the 24-year-old woman, court documents say, who had been stabbed in the head, chest, arm, lower back and neck. Police found a red-handled steak knife in the motel room.

Both women were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. A detective checked on the two and was told they were expected to survive their injuries. Both were interviewed in the hospital.

A Motel 6 employee told police that he confronted a man who’d been attacking a woman outside the 24-year-old’s room, court documents say. He gave a description of the man to police and said that he’d run off.

Police found a man matching the description the employee gave at Fairview Avenue and Highway 36, less than a half mile from the motel, court documents say. As officers approached, he got on the ground and was arrested without incident. Police identified him as Hilowle. He had blood on his hands, jacket and shirt, saying he wasn’t injured.

“It’s their blood,” he allegedly said while repeatedly apologizing, court documents say.

Interviewed by police, Hilowle allegedly said that his ex-wife was destroying his life; he also asked officers if the women were OK, saying what he did was wrong. He allegedly asked about the wound to his ex-wife’s neck, saying, “Allah, give them health.”


Mike Munzenrider

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