Man throws woman's child from 3rd floor at Mall of America

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  1. getback

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    A mother took her child to Mall of America — then a stranger threw him from a balcony

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    The Mall of America had been open only 17 minutes Friday morning when the screaming started.

    On the first floor, lying face up between an escalator and the Michael Kors store, was a 5-year-old boy. He had been thrown from three stories above — by a stranger, police say. There was blood; the boy was not moving.

    The child’s mother asked everyone to pray, witnesses said, and security guards, patrons and police began performing CPR. The boy was rushed to a hospital with “significant injuries" from the 40-foot fall, authorities said, and was still being treated 24 hours later.

    “That’s a pretty high fall,” Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts said at a news conference Saturday, describing the scene and his reaction to it. “Immediately, my thoughts were: How can something like this happen?”

    Potts called the situation “horrific” and said the department was keeping the boy and his family in their “thoughts and prayers.” Because the family has asked for privacy, authorities are not yet releasing the name of the boy. Potts did not offer details about his condition.

    “The child is still alive and receiving care,” he said.

    The suspect, 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, initially fled on foot, authorities said. A witness tried to stop him, and officers soon after apprehended and arrested the Minneapolis man in the mall’s transit station. Aranda faces a preliminary charge of attempted homicide and is being held at the Hennepin County Jail.

    “I just hope that little guy turns out okay,” witness Michael Baumann told local TV station ABC 5. “I just, you wonder . . . how could anybody do that?”

    Records show that Aranda has a history of assault and bad behavior at the Mall of America, a sprawling complex in the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington, Minn., that hosts hundreds of retail stores, restaurants, an amusement park and aquarium and draws 40 million visitors a year.

    Aranda has been banished from the mall in past years, though authorities said the trespassing holds had expired by Friday’s incident.

    In July 2015, he was arrested at the Mall of America on three misdemeanor charges — property damage, disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer — after police say Aranda threw items from the upper level of the mall to the lower level. He had also swept his hand across a display table at the beauty store Bare Minerals, breaking lip gloss containers and shot glasses, police said.

    Aranda was banned from the mall for one year.

    A month later, in August 2015, Aranda told authorities he has “anger issues” when he was arrested on a felony property damage charge at the public library. Aranda had smashed five computers and keyboards “beyond repair" after he read something on Facebook that infuriated him, the man told authorities.

    Then in October 2015, Aranda returned to the Mall of America again — in violation of his no-trespass order — and harassed and assaulted a woman inside a restaurant there, records show.

    Aranda asked the woman to buy him something while they sat outside the restaurant, waiting for it to open. The woman laughed off the request, records show, and sat down inside. Aranda followed her inside, sat at the table beside her and continued his campaign. When management intervened, Aranda grew enraged. He tossed a glass of water in the woman’s face, then threw a glass of tea at her leg, shattering the cup.

    He was arrested on six misdemeanor charges.

    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.

    Potts said some of Aranda’s past cases were handled through a mental health court, but would not comment further on the man’s mental health status at the time of Friday’s incident.

    At least one parent was with the young victim Friday morning when Aranda allegedly threw him from the third-floor balcony. Both parents were at his bedside in the hospital, Potts said. The family is also from the Twin Cities area.

    Brian Johnson had just entered the mall when he saw the crowds of people gathered near the escalator and the boy on the ground. His mother, Johnson told ABC 5, pleaded with the onlookers: “Everyone please pray. Please pray for my son. Everyone here right now, please pray.”

    “How in the heck can this happen with all of the craziness going on in the world?” Johnson said. “Why would you single out a kid and ruin a family’s life like this?”
     
  2. andoneflip

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    Damn thats crazy
     
  3. DB Cooper

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    Came across this earlier. Like WTF man!
     
  4. 6 Rings G.O.A.T.

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    Sickening.
     
  5. Bert.

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    :smh:
     
  6. Nawzlew

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    :sick:
     
  7. lamekilla

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    How about they stop arresting him and just have someone whoop his *** into paralysis...
     
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  8. blastercombo

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    Hold him down and shoot him in the chest
     
  9. mplsdunk

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    Glad he didn’t die. That fall is serious on hard tile too.
     
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  10. dcallamerican

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    Was going to say something similar , he deserves whatever comes his direction
     
  11. ksteezy

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    Dude is a waste of air based of his history, take him out back and put a bullet in his skull....that’s how these idiots need to be dealt with.
     
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  12. servechilled81

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    biiih, i'd be living in the Mall of America after that lawsuit
    they knew about this guy, banned him from the mall and he still got in
    nah, yall pay up
     
  13. dcallamerican

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    I come in peace, but when people are banned from an establishment (especially large scale buildings), there is no honest way to prevent them from ENTERING.

    The idea is SOMEONE in the know has to see and then recognize him in order to kick him out.

    But security positions are so turnover heavy that you can't expect bans to be taken seriously.
     
  14. servechilled81

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    i'm sure it is nearly impossible to enforce the ban in a place that size
    but on paper, just the acknowledgement that they had prior knowledge of this guy
    is going to look real good in the family's favor
     
  15. nawghtyhare

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    damn
    pray for the lil boy
    was the kid white???
     
  16. mplsdunk

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    There is probably hundreds of entrances alone in the mall let alone all the people he’ll blend in with.
     
  17. dcallamerican

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    But isn't mentioning he was banned from the mall acknowledging they had prior knowledge of dude?

    I am not understanding what you are saying Chill?
     
  18. servechilled81

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    i'm saying if they decide to sue the mall, the fact that they had previously banned the guy (regardless of the ability to actually enforce said ban)
    is going to look good for the family.
    the family could argue the malls security was lax and had no intentions of protecting their patrons from a known menace
     
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  19. frshstunna

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    Yea my mans banned for life from Towson Mall but he strolls in there whenever he wants...hard to enforce bans at public places that don’t check ID’s at the door

    And sounds like this dude shoulda been in some type of institution ( lock up or mental) for a while now, yo been out in Minnesota straight wildin :smh:
     
  20. frshstunna

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    They said his ban was over before this happened...but the fam could argue that he shoulda been perma banned given his history at the mall
     
  21. iDon’tRead

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    And I thought I didn’t read
     
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  22. shogun

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    Surprised the little kid survived the fall. Horrible incident.
     
  23. Air Money

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    Really messed up person.
    Hope the little dude makes a full recovery.
     
  24. John Wick

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    This is why facial recognition in public places is a good idea. If they had the facial recognition at the door this would of been prevented
     
  25. richiecotite

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    I don’t know if mall security has an obligation to protect people from other people.

    Mall security is there to make sure no one messes up the mall/stores/physical property