05/29/2024
bloomington crime

The Bloomington community is reeling from a recent stabbing incident that claimed the life of Mark Novak, a 74-year-old man and former mayor of Janesville. Last Thursday, Novak was tragically attacked in his Bloomington home, succumbing to multiple sharp and blunt force injuries, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office. His wife, Pamela Novak, 72, was also seriously injured in the same assault.

Mark Novak had served a term as Janesville’s mayor from 2011 to 2013 before relocating with Pamela to Bloomington. During their time in Janesville, both were active volunteers, deeply involved in the community. Clinton Rogers, Janesville’s city administrator, expressed the community’s grief and wished Pamela a swift recovery.

The Bloomington Police Department swiftly responded to a distress call at 5 a.m. on the day of the incident. At the scene, officers found Pamela Novak injured inside the home, and a 44-year-old man fleeing the premises. The suspect was promptly arrested. A subsequent search of the house revealed Mark Novak, also with severe injuries stemming from both beatings and stabbings.

Mark Novak was pronounced dead upon arrival at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). As of Sunday, Pamela Novak was reported to be in stable condition, recovering from her injuries at HCMC.

The suspect, whose relationship to the Novaks remains unclear, was apprehended on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody at Hennepin County jail. While the suspect’s identity is typically not disclosed prior to formal charges, it’s known that he has no significant criminal history in Minnesota.

Authorities have emphasized that the incident seems isolated, posing no apparent threat to public safety. The investigation continues as the community remembers Mark Novak, a former mayor and dedicated individual, while supporting Pamela Novak’s recovery.