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

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

"Thank you again for all of your support, we are truly gracious to be surrounded by a community that reaches out to help those in need", the family friend said.

"[Through] our investigative work and witnesses that we've spoken to, we feel confident saying that the suspect threw the child off of the third floor".

Authorities haven't released the boy's name.

"I know there's been some reports and some concerns about whether or not he is still alive", Potts said. The family doen't know the suspect and are "completely clueless" as to why the suspect targeted the little boy, according to the GoFundMe page.

Witnesses told law enforcement that they saw Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Bloomington, Minn., shove or hurl the young child from the third interior level on the Bloomington Mall side to its first on Friday morning.

Bloomington Chief of Police, Jeff Potts, said: "Additional information from witnesses indicated the five-year-old might have been pushed or thrown".

Aranda was arrested in the mall transit station after trying to flee, the paper reported.

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Police do not think there is a relationship between Aranda and the child, but the Minneapolis resident has a history with the police, including a July 2015 incident where he threw an object from one of the floors at the same mall.

'She was screaming "Everyone pray, everyone pray".

Police say Landen was tossed from the balcony on Friday by 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who is from the Minneapolis metro area.

The Mall of America had been open only 17 minutes Friday morning when the screaming started. "Oh, my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" Brian Johnson told WCCO.

The boy was taken to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis with serious injuries. Potts believes this most recent incident is isolated and said the Mall of America continues to be a very safe place to go.

Potts said prosecutors would finalize charges by Monday at noon.

He was also convicted of fifth-degree assault, trespassing and interfering with a police officer for an incident in October of 2015. The complaint says Aranda approached a woman who was waiting for the restaurant to open and asked her to buy him something. The woman refused, and Aranda allegedly threw a glass of water in her face and a glass of tea that struck her leg. Aranda was under a trespass notice at the time banning him from the mall until July 4, 2016.