On Friday, a deranged and evil man grabbed a five-year-old boy and threw (or pushed) him off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America.
The child’s mother immediately started screaming “Everybody pray, everybody pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge!”
The man who was arrested for the horrific deed has an apparent history of disturbances at the mall.
The child is being treated for life-threatening injuries after the stranger apparently decided to grab an innocent victim and vent his rage.
Local news outlet KCRA reported:
Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts said police don’t think there is any relationship between the man and the family of the child, who suffered life-threatening injuries. He was being treated at a hospital, but no details on his condition were immediately available.
Witnesses told police that the child may have been pushed or thrown from the mall’s third level to the first floor, Potts said. He said the suspect immediately took off running but was quickly found and arrested at the mall.
A witness said a woman screamed that her child was thrown from the balcony.
Brian Johnson told WCCO-TV the woman was screaming, “Everybody pray, everybody pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge.”
Police said Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, was being held on suspicion of attempted homicide.
Aranda’s criminal record includes two convictions in 2015 for obstruction of the legal process/interfering with a peace officer, as well as convictions for fifth-degree assault, trespassing and damage to property.
Court records show Aranda was arrested on July 4, 2015, after police said he matched the description of a man throwing things off the upper level of the Mall of America to the lower level.
Police say Aranda refused to give his name and resisted arrest. Aranda also was accused of walking into a mall store and sweeping his hand across a display table, breaking glasses.
In October 2015, Aranda was accused of throwing glasses in Twin Cities Grill in the mall.
The complaint says Aranda approached a woman who was waiting for the restaurant to open and asked her to buy him something. The woman refused, and Aranda allegedly threw a glass of water in her face and a glass of tea that struck her leg. Aranda was under a trespass notice at the time banning him from the mall until July 4, 2016.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Aranda had an attorney.
Police don’t have an idea about possible motive, Potts said.
“At this point we believe this is an isolated incident,” the chief said. “We’re actively trying to figure out why this occurred.”
The 4.2-million-square-foot Mall of America is in Bloomington, about 10 miles south of Minneapolis. The mall, which opened in 1992, has more than 520 stores and is visited by 40 million visitors annually, according to its website. Attractions include Nickelodeon Universe indoor amusement park and Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium.
It has occasionally been the scene of crimes or disruptive protests, and the mall’s website touts extensive security training for its officers.
In 2015, the al-Shabab extremist group called for an attack on the Mall of America and other shopping centers in a video. Al-Shabab fighters attacked an upscale Kenyan mall in 2013 in a siege that left 67 people dead. In response, the Mall of America said it was tightening security, and that some of the extra precautions would be noticeable to guests and others would not be.
The fact that this person—this vile monster—was walking free is a testament to the evil that walks unmolested in America.
The family is asking for continued prayers for the child, who is fighting for his life because of one disgruntled low-life who acted without a shred of decency.