A 24-year-old man was arrested and charged with attempted homicide Friday for allegedly throwing a five-year-old child from the third floor of the Mall of America, Bloomington Police said in a statement.
Officers were called to the Minnesota mall at 10:17 a.m. Friday on a report that a child fell from the third floor.
When officers arrived on the scene they were informed that the child may have been pushed or thrown from the third floor.
A woman who works at a store in the mall told the Pioneer Press that “time stopped for a minute for me.”
“I saw the boy go motionless,” she said.
Once at the mall, police found the five-year-old child who was transported to an area hospital with life threatening injuries.
Witnesses told the officers that a man was seen running from the scene and shortly after police apprehended the man in the transit station at the Mall of America. The suspect, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, is currently being held at the Bloomington Police Department.
It appears Aranda did not know the child or the child’s family, police said in a statement.
Aranda has previously been banned from the mall — but the ban was not in effect at the time of the incident. He has a history of misdemeanor convictions; some cases were handled through a mental health court, Potts said.
The Washington Post reports Aranda was arrested at the mall in 2015 on misdemeanor charges including property damage and disorderly conduct after police say he threw items from the upper mall level and broke items at a store.
An attorney for Aranda is not listed in jail records.