Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony still hospitalized

Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony still hospitalized

"(From) our investigative work and witnesses that we've spoken to - we feel confident saying the suspect threw the child off the third floor", Potts said Saturday.

"We don't believe that there is a threat to the public at this point as the suspect has been located", he said, adding that the incident appeared to be isolated. 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.

Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts described the incident as a "horrific" situation but could not give any updates to the boy's health.

Bloomington police have said they don't believe the suspect knew the family or the boy.

The family posted about the bad incident on social media, and a GoFundMe was started to raise money for the family during this horrific time of need.

Police said Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, picked the boy at random and threw him over the balcony. 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. Potts said he expects to submit the case to Hennepin County prosecutors for charges by noon on Monday.

The man arrested for allegedly pushing or throwing a boy from the third floor of the Mall of America in Minnesota had been banned from the mall in the past and once told police he had anger issues, court records show.

The Mall of America had been open only 17 minutes Friday morning when the screaming started.

The Mall of America issued a statement on Friday, saying: "This was a senseless act and words can not truly express our profound shock and sadness".

'We have counseling services available for anyone who may need assistance. "We think the mall is still a very safe place to go".

Police confirmed that there is video of the incident but said it will not be released until the investigation is complete.

Court documents also show that the mall assault suspect was convicted of property damage for smashing five computers at Sumner Library in Minneapolis in August of 2015, causing about $5,000 in damage.

In one incident, he threw ice water and tea at a woman who refused to buy him food at a mall restaurant.

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

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