Boy, 5, thrown from shopping mall in Minneapolis - man arrested

Boy, 5, thrown from shopping mall in Minneapolis - man arrested

A witness Friday at the mall told WCCO that the child's mother was screaming that someone had thrown her child from the balcony.

Aranda was charged with attempted homicide and is now being held at the Bloomington Police Department. "We think the mall is still a very safe place to go".

'His soul is soft and gentle and instantly brings a smile to everybody he meets, ' according to the GoFundMe page. "Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" Brian Johnson said.

Chief Potts said the suspect had three run-ins with Bloomington officers back in 2015, but had not had any contact since.

Aranda has been involved in incidents before at the Mall of America, one resulting in an arrest, Potts said.

The suspect, a 24-year-old man, was later caught and is now in custody. Because the family has asked for privacy, authorities are not yet releasing the name of the boy.

'The child did suffer significant injuries, ' he said. Potts added that while both the victim and suspect are locals, there is no evidence that the suspect knew the victim ahead of the crime.

Police said Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, picked the boy at random and threw him over the third story balcony.

Police were called to the Mall of America in Bloomington this morning after the man, who is not thought to be of any relation, allegedly threw Landen from the balcony.

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Records show that Aranda has a history of assault and bad behavior at the Mall of America, a sprawling complex in the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington, Minnesota, that hosts hundreds of retail stores, restaurants, an amusement park and aquarium and draws 40 million visitors a year.

"Police officers have to deal with so much, so many kinds of things, but I can tell you that this is the kind of incident that they don't see very often", Potts said.

He said that cops had given the child first aid along with members of the public.

'Our immediate and only concern is for the wellbeing of the family and the child, as well as for any individuals who may have witnessed the incident.

"We have counselling services available for anyone who may need assistance".

Police are still investigating what the motive was as well.

Court records show the man was again charged with misdemeanor assault in 2017 and failed to appear at a hearing.

In a statement Friday afternoon, the mall's management acknowledged the incident.

Aranda was under a trespass notice at the time banning him from the mall until July 4, 2016.

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