Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Man arrested after boy (5) falls from balcony in shopping mall

Man arrested after boy (5) falls from balcony in shopping mall

Potts said police managed to apprehend the suspect inside the mall and they do not believe there is a threat to the public.

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.

Investigators are working with mall officials to determine if there was video, Potts said.

Potts said it was not yet clear whether the child and his family are from Minnesota.

A number of Aranda's petty misdemeanors are traffic or parking-related, but some of the charges are for more serious crimes, including his being convicted of a gross misdemeanor in 2015 for disturbing the peace with a police officer, as well as for assault of the fifth degree, with fear of bodily harm.

The suspect has been identified as Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda.

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

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Johnson says the woman was screaming that her child was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Bloomington, Minnesota, mall.

Aranda also has a felony conviction for first-degree damage to property. He was being treated at a hospital, but no details on his condition were immediately available.

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 complaint says he approached a woman who was waiting for the restaurant to open and asked her to buy him something. Police learned at that time he had an existing trespass notice prohibiting him from the Mall until July of 2016.

Jail records don't list an attorney for Aranda.

Mall patrons and police officers performed life-saving measures on the boy, Potts said.

Any additional information about the incident will come from Bloomington Police Department. "We're actively trying to figure out why this occurred".

The 4.2-million-square-foot Mall of America is in Bloomington, about 10 miles south of Minneapolis. He was charged in two previous incidents at the mall in 2015.

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