Man Charged in Mall Attack
Jennifer Lewerenz | Apr 15, 2019 AT 12:08 pm
(KNSI) - The man police say threw a five year old boy over a third floor railing at the Mall of America is being charged with attempted first degree murder.
24 year old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda was charged today in Hennepin County court. Attorney Mike Freeman says the crime has shocked the community and that a child with his mother at a safe public place like the mall could be attacked for no reason is chilling.
According to the criminal complaint, Aranda had been trying to talk to women at the mall and he was rejected on several incidents and that rejection made him hostile. The complaint goes on to say he went to the mall Thursday looking to kill someone, but it didn't, "work out". He went back Friday looking to kill an adult, but chose the child instead.
The boy's mother says Arranda approached them, and without warning picked up her son and threw him over the balcony.
In an update Sunday, Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts says he has never seen anything like this at the mall, it is an isolated incident and that the boy is alive and being cared for.
A GoFundMe page set up to help the child's family with medical expenses has surpassed a half a million dollars.
Aranda's family says they offer their prayers for the boy and his family and say Aranda has a troubled past and issues with mental health.
Aranda was arrested previously at MOA for throwing items off another balcony, damaging merchandise inside a store and for throwing a glass of water and a glass of tea inside a restaurant after he harassed her about buying him something and she refused.
Aranda was also convicted of smashing computers in a public library. He told officers he has some anger issues.