Child hurt, suspect arrested in Mall of America incident

by Garry Watts April 13, 2019, 6:47
Child hurt, suspect arrested in Mall of America incident

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda has been identified as the 24-year-old man who allegedly threw or pushed a five-year-old from the third floor of the Mall of America. An older man tried to stop the suspect and was assaulted by him, witnesses told police. His condition is unknown. The police chief said this appears to have been an isolated incident, and there is no threat to the public.

Per The Star Tribune, Aranda was arrested in the mall transit station after he fled the scene. The melee was caught on YouTube, but police concluded the brawl - the worst case of violence at the mall in more than 15 years - was not organized through social media as initially feared.

Police don't know why the child was launched over the railing, Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said, adding that there doesn't seem to be any connection between the victim, his family and Aranda. "Our thoughts and prayers are obviously with that child and his family in hopes that that child is able to recover".

Police officers gave the child first aid along with witnesses, Potts said.

Aranda was chased and arrested Friday after the boy was thrown or pushed from a third-floor balcony and landed on the first floor at the mall.

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Potts said the suspect took off running right after the incident but was quickly found and arrested at the mall.

Police in Bloomington tweeted that a 5-year-old child suffered injuries and was being treated at a hospital Friday.

A Mall of America spokesperson said in a statement that any additional information about the incident will come from police.

The suspect, a 24-year-old man, was arrested on charges of attempted homicide at the mall's transit station and is now in police custody, according to the Bloomington Police Department. Police didn't immediately respond to a message seeking details about the incident.

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