Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony still hospitalized

Lester Mason
April 15, 2019

This undated photo provided by the Bloomington, Minn., Police Department, shows Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who was arrested in connection with an incident at the Mall of America where a 5-year-old boy plummeted three floors Friday, April 12, 2019, after being pushed or thrown from a balcony.

Police are on the scene of an incident at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

According to Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts, the boy suffered critical injuries after a man threw him from the third floor and then ran away.

A witness told WCCO that the child's mother was heard screaming after the incident. He said she was screaming, 'Everybody pray, everybody pray. "Oh, my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" Brian Johnson told WCCO.

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. Police did say that the victim and his family are from the Twin Cities area.

Police don't believe Aranda knew the boy's family.

Noah Hanneman, a family friend who set up the GoFundMe page, said that Landen remains in stable condition, "contrary to the rumors and attention seekers out there stating that he has passed".


The boy was taken to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis with serious injuries. The child had fallen from the third level to the first.

"We think this is a very isolated incident", he said.

'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.

Aranda's criminal record includes two convictions in 2015 for obstruction of the legal process/interfering with a peace officer, as well as convictions for fifth-degree assault, trespassing and damage to property.

'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.

Aranda also was accused of walking into a mall store and sweeping his hand across a display table, breaking glasses. Police learned at that time he had an existing trespass notice prohibiting him from the Mall until July of 2016.

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