Published: Sun, April 14, 2019

Child attack suspect had previous Mall of America arrests

Child attack suspect had previous Mall of America arrests

A 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America near Minneapolis remains hospitalized with serious injuries, authorities said Saturday.

Officers were called shortly after 10 a.m. Friday to the mall's southeast court on reports that a child had fallen from the third floor to the first floor.

Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts said during a news conference that the boy fell almost 40 feet after a man who apparently didn't know the boy or his family threw him off the balcony Friday.

A witness told WCCO that the child's mother was heard screaming after the incident.

Brian Johnson told WCCO-TV the woman was screaming, "Everybody pray, everybody pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge".

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda has been charged with attacking a 5-year-old boy at the Mall of America Friday.

For these past charges, Aranda was banned from the mall through July 2016.

Police said the 24-year-old man is not known to the child, or the child's family.

The child sustained life-threatening injuries in the incident and was treated by witnesses and emergency services at the scene before being rushed to hospital in a critical condition.


"The child is still alive and receiving care", he said.

Potts called the situation "horrific" and said the department was keeping the boy and his family in their "thoughts and prayers".

'This was a senseless act and words can not truly express our profound shock and sadness, ' the Mall of America said in a statement on Friday. Potts also pointed out that there had been prior convictions, and said that Aranda had previously been on a trespass notice at the Mall of America but that such notices usually expire after six-month or one-year increments - Aranda's prior arrests were in 2015.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, has a history of mental health problems and had twice been banned from the mall, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Saturday.

Potts confirmed that there is video that occurred during the incident, but said it will not be released until the investigation is complete.

According to police, the suspect is cooperating and attempted homicide charges against Aranda are expected to be filed on Monday.

Aranda in that case told authorities he got "angry after he read something on the Facebook" and so smashed five computers, screens and keyboards, court records show, citing a recorded statement.

Potts said, emphasizing that police believe this to be an 'isolated incident'. The complaint says Aranda approached a woman who was waiting for the restaurant to open and asked her to buy him something.

The woman refused, and Aranda allegedly threw a glass of water in her face and a glass of tea that struck her leg. Potts said some of those cases were handled through mental health court, but he didn't elaborate.

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