Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony still hospitalized

Erika Holt
April 16, 2019

Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said there is no relationship between the suspect and the child or the child's family. In a separate 2015 incident, Aranda threw a glass at an employee at a restaurant and was arrested and charged with trespassing, fifth-degree assault, obstructing the legal process and disorderly conduct, police said.

If you want to donate, you can click a link to the GoFundMe here. Potts added that while both the victim and suspect are locals, there is no evidence that the suspect knew the victim ahead of the crime.

"I heard the mother screaming pray for my kid. please pray for my son. everyone please pray", said Brian Johnson, witness.

The boy, Landen Hoffmann of Woodbury, Minnesota, was tossed from the balcony on Friday and police have arrested the man they believe is responsible.

"We're very appreciative of his effort to try to intervene and help out", Potts said.

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, was arrested in the mall's transit station after running away from the scene.

Potts confirmed that there is video that occurred during the incident, but said it will not be released until the investigation is complete. He said she was screaming, 'Everybody pray, everybody pray.

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

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He said: "We do have prior contacts with this individual".

Friends of the family have created a GoFundMe page to help pay for the boy's medical bills and have nearly raised $700,000.

The complaint says Aranda told police he had been coming to the mall for several years seeking to talk to women, but had been rejected and it caused him to lash out.

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. 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.

"As the Bloomington Police Department continues to investigate how and why this isolated incident happened, we will provide our full co-operation".

Court records show the suspect was charged following two previous run-ins with police and security officers at the megamall.

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

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