Donations pour in for boy thrown from Mall of America balcony

Lester Mason
April 14, 2019

- A five-year-old boy remains hospitalized after he was thrown from the third floor of the Mall of America Friday morning. In a separate 2015 incident, Aranda threw a glass at an employee at a restaurant and was arrested and charged with trespassing, fifth-degree assault, obstructing the legal process and disorderly conduct, police said.

The name of the victim has not been released, and his family is asking for their privacy to be respected.

"This is a horrific situation", he said.

A witness at the Bloomington mall told WCCO that a woman was screaming that someone threw her child from the third-floor balcony.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis, has been arrested on a suspicion of attempted homicide charge after witnesses to the attack identified the man. Aranda is supposedly banned from the mall, but somehow entered and randomly attacked the innocent boy. He was transferred to Hennepin County Jail Friday night.

Police officers gave the child first aid along with witnesses, Potts said.

"We think this is a very isolated event", Potts said.

"We feel confident in saying that the suspect threw the child off of the third floor, but as to why he did that is still something we're looking into and trying to figure out", Potts said.

Aranda, who lives in the Bloomington area, has been banned from the Mall of America before and was convicted of misdemeanors for two incidents in the mall in 2015, according to court records.

"Earlier today, Mall of America security was notified of an incident involving a child falling from one of the upper floors".

A month later, in August 2015, Aranda told authorities he has "anger issues" when he was arrested on a felony property damage charge at the public library.

Court records show that Aranda has a history of convictions for misdemeanor offenses.

Potts said the Mall of America will often give a no-trespass order to offenders, with a time limit appropriate to the crime.

Potts said some of Aranda's past cases were handled through a mental health court, but would not comment further on the man's mental health status at the time of Friday's incident.

He went on: "The suspect was seen fleeing the scene immediately after the incident happened, he was located very quickly and he was arrested and brought to The Bloomington Police Department".

Friends of the family began a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign for Landen, who is described as "the sweetest, kindest 5-year-old you will ever meet".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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