A 24-year-old Twin Cities man is being held by Bloomington police on suspicion of attempted homicide after he threw or pushed a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America on Friday morning, police said.
Police say that there is no apparent connection between the suspect and the victim or the victim's family.
According to Minnesota court records, Aranda has been convicted of interfering with a police officer, trespassing and fifth-degree assault - all misdemeanors - and felony first-degree damage to property.
Potts said the suspect took off running right after the incident but was quickly found and arrested at the mall.
"Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge'".
The police department is working with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office crime lab to investigate the incident, and they are also working with the mall to determine if any surveillance video exists of the incident.
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The 24-year-old is in police custody and being questioned, reports local TV station KTSP.
The child and the suspect did not know each other and investigators are "actively trying to figure out why this occurred", Bloomington, Minnesota, Police Chief Jeff Potts told reporters, according to the Pioneer Press.
The child fell to the first floor, where several witnesses and passersby tried to perform CPR on him, Potts said. He says police don't have an idea about possible motive.
(KSTP) A 5-year-old was hospitalized after an incident at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., April 12, 2019. He was being treated at a hospital, but no details on his condition were immediately available. The police chief said this appears to have been an isolated incident, and there is no threat to the public.
The chaotic scene played out at about 10:15 a.m.in the southeast corner of the mall, with the boy plunging from the third level to the first floor by the escalators near the Michael Kors and Clarks stores.