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Rochester man loses eyes in domestic assault

July 31, 2018

A Rochester man is in custody after allegedly removing both eyes of a relative and beating the man so severely most of his teeth were knocked out.

Rochester Police were called to 310 31st St. N.E. at about 2:30 p.m. Friday for a report of what sounded like fighting from inside an apartment. Police were able to gain access to the apartment and found Mahad Aziz, 18, on top of the 74-year-old man.

Aziz was combative with police and was handcuffed at the scene, according to police reports. Aziz was initially non-verbal and was taken to the hospital to be medically evaluated before being transported to jail, Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin said.

Police said the 74-year-old, who is related to Aziz, had been severely beaten. He was missing both eyes and many of his teeth. Police believe Aziz did not use a weapon and physically removed both of the man’s eyes, Sherwin said. The man’s eyes were not found.

Aziz was booked into the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center where he is awaiting arraignment on a felony charge of first-degree assault.

The 74-year-old was able to make some initial statements to police. He was taken from the scene by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Hospital — Saint Marys. Sherwin said police initially were concerned the man may have suffered life-threatening injuries but later learned that was not the case.

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