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Two arrested in Winona meat saw terroristic threat

WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -

A man running down the street without his clothes was able to flag down a passerby and call police and now two men have been arrested for threatening him with a meat saw.

Winona Deputy Police Chief Tom Williams said it happened at 2:26 a.m. Sunday near 2nd Street and Vine Street.  The 18-year-old man from Roseville told officers that he had been forced to accompany two men to an empty warehouse-like building nearby where the pair accused him of stealing their property and promising they were "gonna get it back." 

Williams said Abdirhahman Samatar, 34, of Goodview and John Demaske, 45, of Black River Falls, Wisconsin were jailed on charges of Terroristic Threats - Reckless Disregard Risk, Assault in the Second Degree - Dangerous Weapon, and False Imprisonment - Intentional Restraint. 

Police said the victim was made to take off his clothes and taken into a room equipped with a meat saw and a meat grinder.

"The victim said one or both threatened to cut his head off," said Williams.  "He thought that was it.  He managed to get away, and ran away, and lucky for him a passerby stopped."

The deputy police chief said Samatar and Demaske were arrested in the neighborhood of the warehouse building, and upon investigation, officers found the place described by the victim, and were able to recover his cellphone from the room next to the meat saw.

Bond for Samatar was set at $35,000 without conditions, and for Demaske bond was set at $25,000 without conditions.  The initial court appearance for both men has been set for September 24 in Winona County District Court.

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