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Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda 24 of Minneapolis is jailed on a suspicion of attempted homicide charge

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda 24 of Minneapolis is jailed on a suspicion of attempted homicide charge

The 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a third-floor balcony at Mall of America Friday is still alive and receiving care at Children's Minnesota hospital in Minneapolis, according to Bloomington police.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda was arrested in connection with an incident at the Mall of America where a 5-year-old boy plummeted three floors Friday, April 12.

WCCO-TV in Minnesota reported a witness heard the boy's mother shouting "Everybody pray, everybody pray".

"She was screaming 'Everyone pray, everyone pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge".

Twenty-four-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, was arrested at the mall's transit station after the attack and is jailed on a suspicion of attempted homicide charge.

In July 2015, Aranda was charged with causing damage inside stores after he threw items off the upper level of the mall to the lower level, according to court records obtained by WCCO (pdf). "But when you add in the element that this was a 5-year-old child - it makes it very, very hard on everybody that was involved", he said.

At the news conference Saturday, Potts said his police department had an additional encounter with Aranda, in which he refused to pay his bill at a restaurant.

Police said the child, who fell nearly 40 feet, has significant injuries.

'Please pray for my cousins handsome son Landen, ' she wrote.

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'The child did suffer significant injuries, ' he said.

Aranda has been banished from the mall in past years, though authorities said the trespassing holds had expired by Friday's incident. Our immediate and only concern is for the wellbeing of the family and the child, as well as for any individuals who may have witnessed the incident.

Potts commended the Mall of America for quickly locating the suspect.

Police described the little boy's injuries as life-threatening and added that witnesses administered first aid. We know that this is a concerning event for all of us.

He had been banned from Mall of America in the past and was convicted of misdemeanors in two incidents there in 2015, court records show.

Police are still investigating what the motive was as well.

In October 2015, Aranda was accused of throwing glasses in Twin Cities Grill in the mall.

Aranda asked the woman to buy him something while they sat outside the restaurant, waiting for it to open.

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