Police in Minnesota say a 5-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries when he was pushed or thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America. "That suspect has been taken into custody, is now at the Bloomington Police Department".
Aranda lives in the Bloomington area and has a series of arrests and convictions related to the mall. At this point, authorities do not believe the suspect knew the family or the child, Potts said. When Bloomington police caught up with him in a fitting room at Footaction, he refused to give his name and resisted arrest.
'Additional information from witnesses indicated the 5-year-old might have been pushed or thrown, ' Bloomington Chief of Police Jeff Potts said.
Police later identified the suspect at Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda.
Court records show Aranda was arrested on July 4, 2015, after police said he matched the description of a man throwing things off the upper level of the Mall of America to the lower level.
A Bloomington Police spokesperson added that the child suffered "significant injuries" from the fall and the accused has no relationship whatsoever with the boy or his family. 'The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care'.
No details were immediately available about the child's condition.
One witness told CBS Minnesota a woman was screaming that someone threw her child from the third floor balcony. "As the Bloomington Police Department continues to investigate how and why this isolated incident happened, we will provide our full cooperation". He said she was screaming, "Everybody pray, everybody pray". An older man tried to stop the suspect and was assaulted by him, witnesses told police. "Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" Brian Johnson told WCCO.
Potts said the incident was isolated - that Aranda and child had not known each other prior - and that investigators are "actively trying to figure out why this occurred ... whether it was an interaction up on the floor or why that is".
He said police responded to the southeast court at the mall around 10:17 a.m.
The Star Tribune reports that the child was being treated at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.