Mall Of America Accident 2019: After police say he pushed a 5-year-old boy over the railing of a Mall of America balcony, a man is being jailed on suspicion of attempted murder.
Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, the suspect, did not know the youngster who was thrown from the mall’s third story and fell roughly 40 feet, according to Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts. Potts said Saturday that the motivation for the incident was still being investigated.
The scene was “gut-wrenching,” according to Potts. The youngster survived the fall, but authorities did not remark on his condition due to the boy’s family’s request for privacy.
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According to a GoFundMe campaign set up by family friend Noah Hanneman for the boy, he sustained life-threatening injuries. More than $500,000 has been raised for the family.
According to Hanneman, the family is not making any public pronouncements, but they are “extremely grateful for the prayers and support.”
Hanneman said the youngster, who enjoys playing soccer and hockey, is “continuing to fight his valiant struggle” and is “a strong survivor” in a Sunday update.
Hanneman described him as “the loveliest, friendliest 5-year-old you would ever meet.”
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Aranda had been barred from the mall, but the prohibition had not yet taken effect when the event occurred. Potts said he had a history of petty convictions handled by a mental health court.
According to Potts, after he tossed an object down the mall’s third level and became uncooperative with authorities, he was detained in 2015 and faced three charges.
On Friday morning, he was enjoying a day on the Mall of America with his mother and friends when a stranger snatched him and pushed him over the 3rd-floor balcony for no apparent reason,” states Landen’s GoFundMe page. “The family has never met him and has no idea why this monster would choose their family as a target for this horrible act of cruelty.”
Relatives of Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, who is being jailed on charges of attempted murder in the Hennepin County jail, are also speaking out.
“It’s heartbreaking. Aranda’s uncle told CBS Minnesota over the phone from Philadelphia, “I can’t believe this happened.” “I don’t know what to say.”
Aranda’s uncle adds that his family’s thoughts are with the young child struggling for his life.
“Right now, they’re the ones who are suffering.” He said, “I can’t even comprehend what the mother is going through.”
Aranda’s mother attempted to aid him, according to CBS Minnesota.
“For a long time, for a very long period, my nephew suffered mental problems.” He had been in desperate need of assistance for a long time.”
Aranda was previously arrested in the mall, according to court documents. On July 4, 2015, he was apprehended after police said he matched the description of a guy tossing items from the mall’s upper to lower levels.
Aranda was also charged with throwing a glass of water and a glass of tea at a woman who refused to pay for his meal at a mall restaurant in October 2015.