Little Boy Thrown From 3rd Floor At Mall Of America

Leroy Wright
April 14, 2019

Local police chief Jeff Potts said the suspect was from the area, but was not known to the victim or his family.

Police don't have an idea about possible motive, Potts said. A criminal complaint from July of 2015 states he was taken into custody after he was seen throwing items from the upper level of the mall to the lower level. "Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" Brian Johnson said.

The police chief said this appears to have been an isolated incident, and there is no threat to the public.

The Star Tribune reports that the child was being treated at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.

Police were called and arrested him without incident after finding him at a bus stop across the street.

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Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda has been identified as the 24-year-old man who allegedly threw or pushed a five-year-old from the third floor of the Mall of America.

According to Potts, witnesses told police the person suspected of pushing or throwing the child 'took off running immediately after the incident'.

"Our officers initially responded and performed first aid on the child along with some other witnesses and passersby", Potts said.

He was also convicted of fifth-degree assault, trespassing and interfering with a police officer for an incident in October of 2015. Police learned at that time he had an existing trespass notice prohibiting him from the Mall until July of 2016. "We're actively trying to figure out why this occurred". Details of his condition weren't immediately available.

The Mall of America, home to 330 stores, is located in the city of Bloomington, just south of Minneapolis. It opened in 1992, has more than 520 stores and is visited by 40 million visitors annually, according to its website. Attractions include Nickelodeon Universe indoor amusement park and Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium. A small portion of the mall is cordoned off on the first and third levels. He was charged in two previous incidents at the mall in 2015.

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