Bloomington, Minnesota: A man, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, has been arrested after a five-year-old sustained life-threatening injuries from being pushed or thrown off a balcony at a shopping centre.
The boy tumbled two storeys from the balcony at Minnesota’s Mall of America.
The suspect, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, has been charged with attempted murder.
Local police chief Jeff Potts said the suspect was from the area, but was not known to the victim or his family.
He stressed he believed the incident was “isolated” and said there was no wider threat to the public.
Police say they initially responded to a report at 10:17 local time (15:17 GMT) on Friday that a child had fallen down from a balcony at the shopping centre in the city of Bloomington.
However, witnesses at the scene described the child being thrown or pushed by a man.
Mr Aranda fled but was arrested by officers elsewhere at the shopping centre’s metro and bus transit station.
Police say the boy was given first aid at the scene and was then transported to a local hospital.
No further information has been released about the child’s condition or identity.
Assault of Five-Year-Old Male: Bloomington Police
At 10:17 a.m., the Bloomington Police responded to the South East Court at Mall of America on a report of a child falling from the third floor. While responding, officers received additional information that indicated the child may have been pushed or thrown from the third floor. Officers and witnesses located an injured five-year-old child on the first floor. The child was treated at the scene and then transported by ambulance to the hospital with life threatening injuries.
Officers were directed by witnesses to a suspect who was seen running from the area immediately after the incident. A 24-year-old male was taken into custody in the transit station at the Mall of America and is currently being held at the Bloomington Police Department. At this time the suspect does not appear to be known to the victim or to the victim’s family. The suspect is from the metro area.
We believe this an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public. Bloomington Police, Hennepin County Sheriffs Crime Lab, and the Metro Transit Police continue to investigate this case.