Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Police investigate man who threw child from mall balcony in MN

Police investigate man who threw child from mall balcony in MN

"The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care". Hospital officials haven't responded to requests for a status update.

Aranda lives in the Twin Cities' metro area, police said. Potts credited bystanders and mall security for his quick capture.

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

Potts said there is no relationship between the suspect and the child or the child's family.

Tina Hailey told the publication she was rounding the corner when she heard a woman screaming, "Oh my god, pray for my son". A witness said the boy's mother sobbed and screamed, "Somebody hurt my baby!"

Aranda also has a felony conviction for first-degree damage to property.

"At this point we believe this is an isolated incident", the chief said.

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It wasn't immediately clear if Aranda had an attorney. Potts said he expects to submit the case to Hennepin County prosecutors for charges by noon on Monday.

A 24-year-old Minneapolis man is being held on suspicion of attempted homicide in an apparent attack in which a 5-year-old boy was pushed or thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America. It opened in 1992, has more than 520 stores and is visited by 40 million visitors annually, according to its website.

Aranda was chased and arrested Friday after the boy was thrown or pushed from a third-floor balcony and landed on the first floor at the mall.

The boy tumbled two storeys from the balcony at Minnesota's Mall of America. But three months later he was accused of returning and throwing a glass at a woman in a mall restaurant.

Aranda in that case told authorities he got "angry after he read something on the Facebook" and so smashed five computers, screens and keyboards, court records show, citing a recorded statement. "As the Bloomington Police Department continues to investigate how and why this isolated incident happened, we will provide our full cooperation".

A source at the scene tells WCCO that the person who threw, or possibly pushed, the child fled the mall and was apprehended near the light rail station.

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