New details in child thrown from Mall of America balcony

  • New details in child thrown from Mall of America balcony

New details in child thrown from Mall of America balcony

He had been thrown from three stories above - by a stranger, police say. There was blood; the boy was not moving. Police say they have a 24-year-old man in custody. "The child was treated at the scene and then transported by ambulance to the hospital with life threatening injuries".

In the press conference about the incident, Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said Landen is "receiving care".

The name of the victim has not been released, and his family is asking for their privacy to be respected. Potts did not offer details about his condition.

Police say Landen was tossed from the balcony on Friday by 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who is from the Minneapolis metro area.

'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.

Police said Aranda tried to get away after the incident but was found later inside of the mall's transit station. I just can't imagine someone doing that to her! "I just, you wonder. how could anybody do that?"

Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts said during a news conference that the boy fell almost 40 feet after a man who apparently didn't know the boy or his family threw him off the balcony Friday.

Aranda has been involved in incidents before at the Mall of America, one resulting in an arrest, Potts said.

Witnesses said Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, pushed or threw the 5-year-old boy on Friday morning from the third-floor balcony of the mall's interior to the first floor, almost 40 feet below, Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said in a news conference on Saturday, April 13. He had also swept his hand across a display table at the beauty store Bare Minerals, breaking lip gloss containers and shot glasses, police said.

Court records show the man was again charged with misdemeanor assault in 2017 and failed to appear at a hearing.

WTVR reports that in August of 2015, "witnesses saw Aranda smashing computers on the floor in the Minneapolis library, causing approximately $5,000 in damage, according to a 2015 complaint". When management intervened, Aranda grew enraged.

Police said the fall, which happened Friday, was around 40 feet.

On Friday, the boy "was enjoying a day at the Mall of America with his mom and friend ... when a stranger maliciously grabbed him and threw him over the third-floor balcony for no apparent reason".

"This is a horrific situation", Potts said. His mother, Johnson told ABC 5, pleaded with the onlookers: "Everyone please pray".

'Please pray for my cousins lovely son Landen, ' she wrote.