More than $436K raised for boy thrown from Mall of America balcony

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda

Witnesses said Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, pushed or threw the 5-year-old boy on Friday morning from the third-floor balcony of the mall's interior to the first floor, almost 40 feet below, Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said in a news conference on Saturday, April 13.

Landen Hoffmann is the five-year-old boy who was thrown off a third-floor balcony at Minnesota's Mall of America on Friday.

"That's a pretty high fall", Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts said at a news conference Saturday in Minnesota, describing the scene and his reaction to it.

A witness said he heard a woman screaming that her child was thrown off the balcony, WCCO reported.

"'She was screaming 'Everyone pray, everyone pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" a witness, Brian Johnson told WCCO-TV.

A stranger, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, has been charged with attempted homicide.

"I know there's been some reports and some concerns about whether or not he is still alive", Potts said. "We have removed his picture as there have been multiple people trying to copy this GoFundMe page and the family is still requesting privacy and has elected at this point not to share photos at this time".

Emergency services rushed to the child who was lying in a pool of blood.

A Gofundme page has been set up by Noah Hanneman, who says he is a friend of the family.

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The boy was taken to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis with serious injuries.

On Friday morning, Landen was thrown was grabbed and thrown almost 400 feet from the balcony onto the mall's tile flooring.

Potts said he couldn't give an update on the boy's status, except to say that he's being cared for at the hospital and that his parents are with him. He said the suspect was located at the transit station just outside of the Mall of America.

He said that cops had given the child first aid along with members of the public.

"We think this is a very isolated incident", he said.

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.

The woman refused, and Aranda allegedly threw a glass of water in her face and a glass of tea that struck her leg.

Aranda's previous ban from the mall was not in effect at the time of the incident.

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