Complaint: Man went to Mall of American intending to kill

Complaint: Man went to Mall of American intending to kill

Well-wishers have now donated over $360,000 to the family of a 5-year-old boy who was thrown from the third floor of the Mall of America in Minnesota by a total stranger.

It happened at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota shortly after 10am local time on Friday.

"The child is still alive, he's still receiving care, and I think we're just asking for thoughts and prayers for that child to recover", Potts told reporters outside his police department Saturday.

A witness to the harrowing ordeal described how a woman screamed that her child was thrown from the balcony.

Shocked passers-by witnessed the boy's mum screaming for help, begging people to pray for her son.

Aranda lives in the Bloomington area and has had a series of arrests and convictions related to the mall.

Despite being barred from the mall for a year after this, Aranda was charged with trespass and other offenses when police said he returned a few months later, following two women into a mall restaurant.

Police officers gave the child first aid along with witnesses, Potts said. "The child was treated at the scene and then transported by ambulance to the hospital with life threatening injuries".

The Mall of America, home to 330 stores, is located in the city of Bloomington, just south of Minneapolis. "We started this GoFundMe for their family to help cover the enormous medical costs and rehabilitation costs for the long ahead".

"We know that this is a concerning event for all of us".

He was convicted of fifth-degree assault and was banned from the Mall of America for a year following that incident.

"The family doesn't know him and are completely clueless as to why this monster would target their family with this heinous act of violence", the friend said, adding, "Landen has a very long road to recovery ahead of him". He said the boy fell almost 40 feet and is still being treated for injuries.

According to the criminal complaint, Aranda had been trying to talk to women at the mall and he was rejected on several incidents and that rejection made him hostile.

Court records show the man was again charged with misdemeanor assault in 2017 and failed to appear at a hearing. "Bloomington Police is investigating the incident", it said.

Potts said he expects to turn the case over to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office on Monday for a decision on formal charges.

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