A 5-year-old boy who fell almost 40 feet after being thrown over a third-floor railing at the Mall of America on Friday remained hospitalized Saturday, police said.
At a noon news conference, Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said the family of the boy, who remains hospitalized at Children’s Hospital Minneapolis, has requested privacy.
“This is a horrific situation, and the family is in our thoughts and prayers,” Potts said. “They appreciate the thoughts and prayers from the public.”
The suspect, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, was quickly arrested after fleeing to the mall’s transit station, thanks to witness reports and security cameras, Potts said. He was moved overnight from the Bloomington jail to the Hennepin County jail on suspicion of attempted murder and other charges. He will be charged by noon Monday, Potts said.
Potts said there is no connection between the victim, his family and Aranda.
Aranda has a history of mental health problems and had twice been ordered to stay away from the mall, court records show. In a previous criminal case, he told police that “he has some anger issues” after being arrested for smashing computers at a Minneapolis public library.