"Looking for someone to kill"

Aranda charged, victim remains hospitalized

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April 12, 2019 - 11:49 am

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The man charged with throwing a 5-year-old boy off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America told police he was angry at being rejected by women at the mall and was "looking for someone to kill" when he went there last week.

That according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.

24 year old Emmanuel Aranda makes his first court appearance Tuesday in Hennepin County court.  

The boy remains hospitalized at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis in critical condition with a head trauma and multiple broken bones, while online donations for the child's family soared past the half-million dollar mark.

Aranda is charged with attempted murder and is being held in the Hennepin County jail.

A GoFundMe page is set up to raise money for the family of the boy, whose first name is Landon, according to the author of the page.

"It's been exciting just to, kind of, scroll through that GoFundMe page," said Brian Sullivan, associate pastor of Living Word Christian Church, where Landson and his family attend services. "An appropriate time for a miracle, wouldn't you say?"

"We was sleeping well, and, of course, that is going to help in his recovery," said Sullivan, who told Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News  that the church congregation noted Landon's progress during Sunday's Palm Sunday service. "An appropriate time for a miracle, wouldn't you say?"

Aranda was arrested Friday at the mall's transit station following the incident that shocked shoppers at the mall.  

Hennepin County court records show Aranda was convicted of two misdemeanors at the mall in 2015, one of them for throwing items off a balcony to a lower level, plus a third case in Bloomington.

Those documents show some of the cases were handled through mental health court, Bloomington police chief Jeff Potts said in a Saturday press conference. 

Potts said the 5-year old child suffered significant injuries following the fall of about 40 feet.  

"We feel confident saying that the suspect threw the child off of the third floor," said Potts. "But as to why he did that is still something we're looking into and trying to figure out."

Potts says the suspect who threw the boy has no known connection to the child or  his family.  

"We don't believe there is a relationship between the suspect and the child," said Potts. "We're actively trying to figure out why this occurred."

Potts says they are talking to witnesses, and determining whether surveillance video captured the incident.  

Police say Aranda, ran away from the scene after it occurred, but was soon tracked down and arrested. 

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Metro Transit briefly shut down light rail traffic in and out of the Mall of America followining yesterday's incident.  

 

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