An 18-year-old Egan man was charged last week with allegedly setting aerial fireworks at an Egan movie theater – an explosion that injured two people, including an 11-month-old infant, and terrified filmmakers who rushed to the exit. ,
According to a criminal complaint filed in Dakota County District Court, when Khalid Bedel Hasan set off fireworks and firework and threw it after 8 p.m. on July 12, about 40 people imagined for the horror-thriller “The Black Phone.” The theaters were inside the auditorium. Four felonies and one misdemeanor offence.
Both the victims were sitting in the disabled row. The girl has a burning sensation on her cheeks and nose. The second victim had multiple cuts on her leg and was later referred to a wound clinic to remove debris and infected tissue from the wounds.
The complaint said police officers noted that several people appeared disturbed afterward and believed it was a shootout and was about to be killed.
The explosion burned the theater’s screen and carpet. Damage was estimated at more than $1,000.
Suspects filmed the incident
Surveillance from the theatre, as well as footage recorded by suspects and later posted on social media, shows four young men entering the auditorium minutes before fireworks went off. One, later identified as Hasan, is seen walking down the aisle, lighting fireworks and then throwing it directly into the area in front of the disabled row, according to the complaint.
After some time there are fireworks. Three suspects flee, while the fourth remains in the auditorium and continues filming thereafter. Many ran “out of the theater in panic,” the complaint read.
Egan police arrested Hassan on Tuesday.
The complaint states that in an interview with the police, he admitted to lighting and throwing fireworks. He also identified himself in recorded footage, and officers searched his home and found the clothes he was wearing at the time of the crime.
Threat of violence on them (intent to incite), First-degree criminal damage to property (potential risk of bodily harm), First-degree criminal damage to property (over $1,000), Third-degree assault (victims under age) has been accused of. 4) and misdemeanor fifth degree assault (causing or attempting to cause bodily harm).
Hassan appeared in preliminary court on Thursday on the charges. He remained in the Dakota County Jail in exchange for a $50,000 ($25,000 with conditions) bail set by Judge Jerome Adams.
A search of Minnesota court records shows Hassan has no criminal record.