Child pushed from third floor of Mall of America, suspect in custody

Police said a 24-year-old man was in custody after a 5-year-old boy plummeted three floors Friday.

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 identified Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda as the man who was chased and arrested after Friday morning's incident at the megamall in suburban Minneapolis.

Officers rendered aid to the child and they were taken to Children's Hospital. The complaint says he approached a woman who was waiting for the restaurant to open and asked her to buy him something.

A witness said a woman screamed that her child was thrown from the balcony.

Per CNN, Potts said, "The child did suffer significant injuries".

Police were called to the World of America mall in Bloomington after witnesses reported an unidentified man either throwing or pushing the young child from the height, before trying to flee. "Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" Brian Johnson told WCCO.

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(KSTP) A 5-year-old was hospitalized after an incident at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., April 12, 2019. The child was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital.

Police don't have an idea about possible motive, Potts said.

"We don't believe that there is a threat to the public at this point as the suspect has been located", he said, adding that the incident appeared to be isolated.

The suspect ran down to the first floor and "was located inside the mall", Potts said.

Detectives are also also working with the mall to determine if there is any surveillance video.

Court records show Aranda was arrested on July 4, 2015, after police said he matched the description of a man throwing things off the upper level of the Mall of America to the lower level.

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