Boy, 5, thrown from shopping mall in Minneapolis - man arrested

Minneapolis Police on April 12 2019

'Please pray for my cousins lovely son Landen, ' she wrote.

Less than 24 hours after it was posted, the GoFundMe fundraiser page for Landen Hoffmann of Woodbury had logged donations from more than 10,000 donors. He is full of energy and life and enjoys soccer, playing with friends and family and playing hockey with his brother and sister.

A GoFundMe for the child has raised more than $350,000.

The suspect, 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, initially fled on foot, authorities said.

Police were called to the Mall of America in Bloomington this morning after the man, who is not thought to be of any relation, allegedly threw Landen from the balcony.

Aranda was banned from the mall for one year.

A witness told WCCO that the child's mother was heard screaming after the incident.

'She was screaming "Everyone pray, everyone pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" a witness, Brian Johnson told WCCO-TV.

Potts said some of Aranda's past cases were handled through a mental health court, but would not comment further on the man's mental health status at the time of Friday's incident. Children's Hospital Minneapolis had no information to release.

The 5-year-old plummeted three floors after being pushed or thrown from a balcony, according to witnesses.


The Mall of America issued a statement on Friday, saying: "This was a senseless act and words can not truly express our profound shock and sadness".

"We have counselling services available for anyone who may need assistance".

He said: "We do have prior contacts with this individual. Bloomington Police is investigating the incident", it said.

He was convicted of fifth-degree assault, trespassing and interfering with a police officer.

According to court records, the suspect has been previously barred from the Mall of America. He is expected to be charged with attempted homicide.

An employee from the Bare Minerals store went on to tell police that Aranda had "walked into the store, and without saying anything, swept his hand across a display table, knocking off and breaking two containers of lip gloss valued at $18.00 each and three shot glasses valued at $2.00 each", the outlet reported.

Despite the incident, Potts thinks the mall is still a safe place.

Aranda asked the woman to buy him something while they sat outside the restaurant, waiting for it to open.

Then in October 2015, Aranda returned to the Mall of America again - in violation of his no-trespass order - and harassed and assaulted a woman inside a restaurant there, records show.

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