Child attack suspect had previous Mall of America arrests

Sergio Conner
April 15, 2019

"The child did suffer significant injuries", Police Chief Jeff Potts said.

Aranda, whom police said took off running after the incident, was found inside the mall's transit station and arrested.

A 5-year-old was hospitalized after an incident at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., April 12, 2019.

Court records show a 24-year-old Minneapolis man suspected of throwing or pushing a 5-year-old boy from a balcony at the Mall of America was charged in two previous incidents at the mall.

A Mall of America spokesperson said in a statement that any additional information about the incident will come from police.

Police said Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, was being held on suspicion of attempted homicide.

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Emergency crews could be seen performing CPR on the child in the southeast corner of the mall.

A witness Friday at the mall told WCCO that the child's mother was screaming that someone had thrown her child from the balcony.

He was also convicted of fifth-degree assault, trespassing and interfering with a police officer for an incident in October of 2015.

"Of course, our immediate concern is for the child", Potts said, adding the mother is with the child.

A witness, Brian Johnson, told WCCO-TV on Friday that he heard a woman scream that her child had been thrown from the balcony. At one point, Aranda had a trespass notice banning him from the mall, but it was no longer in effect, Potts said. The charges state he threw a drinking glass at a customer at Twin City Grill in the Mall of America.

Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts said police don't think there is any relationship between the man and the family of the child, who suffered life-threatening injuries. The child had fallen from the third level to the first. Police said they do not, at this time, believe the man to have been related to the victim. 'The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care'. Police didn't immediately respond to a message seeking details about the incident.

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