5-year-old child hurt in Mall of America incident

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2019

The boy was critically injured and is being treated at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said during an afternoon news conference April 12. Police learned at that time he had an existing trespass notice prohibiting him from the Mall until July of 2016.

Potts says the suspect took off running right after the incident but was quickly found and arrested at the mall.

Months later, in October of that same year, he was accused of throwing glasses of ice water and tea at a woman in a restaurant at the mall after she refused to buy him food, the records show.

Witnesses say a suspect ran away and was arrested at the mall's transit station.

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

"(Through) our investigative work and witnesses that we've spoken to, we feel confident saying that the suspect threw the child off of the third floor.

"This is a horrific situation", Potts said.

"She was screaming 'Everyone pray, everyone pray, '" shopper Brian Johnson told CBS. "I saw the boy go motionless". "The child did suffer significant injuries".

"Of course, our immediate concern is for the child", Potts said, adding the mother is with the child. Police don't think there is any relationship between the man and the child or the child's family.

Potts told reporters that police were called to the mall at 10:17 a.m. local time, and initial information suggested a child had fallen from the third level of the mall's interior to the first level. Police said they are unaware of a possible motive.

It has occasionally been the scene of crimes or disruptive protests, and the mall's website touts extensive security training for its officers. But service was restored just before 11:30 a.m.

"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", the statement continued. We know that this is a concerning event for all of us.

He stressed he believed the incident was "isolated" and said there was no wider threat to the public.

Court records show that Aranda has a history of convictions for misdemeanor offense.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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