New details in child thrown from Mall of America balcony

Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts

Police don't believe Aranda knew the boy's family. The family is requesting privacy, I think that we just want to acknowledge that this is a horrific situation.

Potts said the 24-year-old suspect, who was arrested at the mall's transit station, has been cooperative with investigators and remains in custody at the Hennepin County Jail.

"Every prayer for your family and your sweet little boy!" another couple posted a minute earlier.

He reiterated that the family did not know Aranda and said they "are completely clueless as to why this monster would target their family with this heinous act of violence". He is facing an attempted murder charge.

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.

Well-wishers have now donated over $360,000 to the family of a 5-year-old boy who was thrown from the third floor of the Mall of America in Minnesota by a total stranger.

The average donation to the page, which was created by family friends, was just over $30, but the good wishes were priceless.

The 4.2-million-square-foot Mall of America is in Bloomington, about 10 miles south of Minneapolis.


'The child did suffer significant injuries, ' he said.

A 5-year-old was hospitalized after an incident at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., April 12, 2019.

He's now at the Bloomington Police Department, Potts said, and authorities don't believe there is any further threat to the public.

Witnesses told police that the alleged attacker "took off running immediately after the incident. Bloomington Police is investigating the incident", it said.

The suspect has a history of misdemeanor convictions, including some cases handled through a mental health court. Police say Aranda refused to give his name and resisted arrest.

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.

In a statement Friday afternoon, the mall's management acknowledged the incident.

The complaint says Aranda approached a woman who was waiting for the restaurant to open and asked her to buy him something. He was banned again from the mall until December 2017.

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