Man Charged in Mall Attack

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2019

- The man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy off the third floor balcony at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota Friday told police he had come to the mall that day looking for someone kill. The child is now in critical condition and the family is beginning a long journey to recovery.

The complaint says Aranda told police he had been coming to the mall for several years seeking to talk to women, but had been rejected and it caused him to lash out.

"He said he planned to kill an adult, because they usually stand near the balcony, but he chose the victim instead".

"This crime has shocked the community", Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Monday in a statement announcing a charge of attempted premeditated first-degree murder against the suspect, 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda.

She said Aranda came close to them so she asked if they were in his way and if they should move.

After his arrest, Aranda agreed to speak with officers and admitted he was the one who had thrown the boy off the balcony.

Police said Aranda ran away from the scene immediately after the attack, but was detained at the mall's transit station.

The child's mother reportedly told authorities that she and her son had been with a friend and her child on the mall's third floor outside the Rain Forest Cafe when a male she had never seen before approached them. First responders indicated the boy had multiple fractured bones, including his arms and legs and was bleeding from the head and had massive head trauma. The complaint goes on to say he went to the mall Thursday looking to kill someone, but it didn't, "work out".

Police caught Aranda on a light rail train at the mall waiting for it to leave.

A GoFundMe page set up to help the child's family with medical expenses has surpassed a half a million dollars.

He told police he knew what he was planning to do was wrong.

Police said there is also a warrant for Aranda's arrest in IL for assault stemming from an incident at a Chicago restaurant when he allegedly threatened to slit a employee's neck.

Prosecutors intend to pursue a longer sentence based on the aggravating factors of particular cruelty, the vulnerability of the boy and committing the violent act in front of other children and the boy's mother.

The 5-year-old boy remains in critical condition, according to the criminal complaint.

Aranda was arrested previously at MOA for throwing items off another balcony, damaging merchandise inside a store and for throwing a glass of water and a glass of tea inside a restaurant after he harassed her about buying him something and she refused.

Court records show that Aranda had been ordered to undergo psychological evaluation or treatment after the earlier mall assaults.

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