Three Women Charged with Attacking, Robbing Man Outside of Burnsville Bar

Police arrested Savorn Sang, Sultana Karimi and Kadie Risland after an incident outside a bar in northeast Burnsville that allegedly left one man broke and bleeding.

Was it a robbery or a drug deal gone bad? Police say three Twin Cities women assaulted a fellow bar patron, robbed him and dragged his body along the road as they made a getaway. The suspects say the alleged victim is in fact the aggressor, however.

Burnsville Police arrested Sultana Rasul Karimi, a 21-year-old from Shakopee, Brooklyn Center resident Kadie Mariah Risland, 21, and Savorn Sang, 23, of Eagan. Each woman is charged with two counts of fifth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and one count of simple robbery, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a potential fine ranging from $6,000 to $20,000. Risland faces three additional charges for possession of prescription pills and marijuana.

On Saturday, the Burnsville Police were called to the intersection of County Road 11 and Highway 13 on a report of a robbery. There they found the alleged victim, bleeding heavily from the head. He seemed to have a number of fresh cuts on his face.

The man said he met the three women at a bar. At the time, he had an unusually large amount of cash on hand—$3,000—which he had gotten from an insurance claim earlier that week. After playing a game of pool with the trio, he paid for his drink and left.

He said he was walking south when someone struck him in the head from behind, knocking him to the pavement. The victim said the assailant was Risland, who rifled through his pockets, took his money and made a break for a 2008 Chevrolet waiting nearby. He ran to the driver's side of the car, trying to get his money back. The man told police he was still clinging to the vehicle as it drove away, dragging him until he let go.

The victim immediately called police. He was taken to  for treatment. 

Officers soon found the vehicle he described, with the three girls matching the victim's description. In the Chevy, police found marijuana, 12 prescription pills, and a large amount of cash. 

According to the criminal complaint, the three suspects told police that they had met the victim at a bar that night. The three women offered officers conflicting accounts of precisely what happened after that, however, though all said the alleged victim started the argument that ensued. 

Sang said all four had gone outside to smoke weed, when an argument broke out between the man and one of the women. To avoid further conflict they got in Karimi's car and tried to drive away, she said, but the victim latched onto it. Sang said she didn't know anything else about what had happened.

For her part, Risland said the victim approached her about buying marijuana. He followed her outside to her vehicle, but attempted to grab the bag of weed during the transaction, she said. Like Sang, Risland said the three jumped into the car, but were pursued by the victim, who held on as they drove off. She denied knowing how his blood might have gotten on the vehicle's door. The money, she said, belonged to another friend. 

Karimi told police a very different version of events, apparently stating that the cash belonged to her. She said that the victim had seen it and offered to sell her drugs. Karimi said the incident began while she was in the driver's seat of the car. The victim was leaning on the driver's side window, when he began hitting the other two passengers, she said, so she drove off. Karimi maintained that no one hit the victim.

All three were released from custody on Tuesday. 

Joshua August 29, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I'm guessing this was at Shooter's?
Clare Kennedy August 29, 2012 at 07:46 PM
The PD didn't specify, so I couldn't speculate, but it's possible.
Bryn Collins August 30, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Shooters has taken up where the bowling alley left off. We need these thugs in our town like we need another hole in our collective heads. Time to shut Shooter's down.
Chris Buckley August 30, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Yes, Bryn. It is definitely effective to just shut the business down. Look how well it worked when the bowling alley closed. Why don't we just find the problem people, and start shutting down every business they patronize. Eventually, all the businesses will be closed, and they will finally have to go to Eagan or Savage to cause trouble. And, as an added benefit, they will have to move their residences out of town as well, because the property taxes will just be too high without any businesses kicking in a share. Seriously, if you don't feel Burnsville can enforce the law well enough to allow a bar to operate, the problem isn't the bar. There is no need to deprive a small business owner from the opportunity to continue investing in the community. Provide a deterrent to these shenanigans, and they will go away. Keep moving them around by closing down businesses, and all you get is a law enforcement problem that is always one step ahead of the police.


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