The suspect accused of throwing a child off of the third floor mall has reportedly been arrested and admitted to having “anger issues”.
The suspect accused of pushing a child off the third floor of the Mall of America in Minnesota has previously admitted to having “anger issues” and has twice been banned from the popular shopping center in the past, according to court records.
Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda was being held by Bloomington Police Saturday on suspicion of attempted homicide after he knocked a 5-year-old boy over the third-floor railing and off a balcony at the mall. What preceded the startling act of violence Friday morning is unclear, but police do not believe there is any relationship between the 24-year-old suspect and the child or his family.
“Our officers initially responded and performed first aid on the child along with some other witnesses and passersby,” Police Chief Jeff Potts said. “The child did suffer significant injuries.”
Aranda in 2015 was twice convicted of misdemeanors in two separate incidents at the Mall of America, prompting his futile ban from the popular Bloomington tourist attraction, located just 13 miles outside Minneapolis.
According to court records obtained by WCCO, Aranda in July of 2015 was charged with damaging stores inside the mall, throwing items off of a balcony and resisting arrest. He was issued a trespass notice ordering him to stay away from the shopping center, but he ignored it and was again arrested at the mall a few months later — this time for panhandling a pair of female diners and throwing drinking glasses at other people inside the mall restaurant.
Aranda was convicted on charges of fifth-degree assault, trespass and interfering with a police officer. He was sentenced to 30 days at the Hennepin County workhouse and was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation, the Star Tribune reported.
He was ordered again to stay away from the shopping center after the October 2015 incident.
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