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. "The child did suffer significant injuries", Police Chief Potts said during the press conference.
A witness Friday at the mall told WCCO that the child's mother was screaming that someone had thrown her child from the balcony. He said she was screaming, 'Everybody pray, everybody pray.
Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, was last night charged with attempted murder after Bloomington Police tracked him down.
"But when you add in the element that this was a 5-year-old child - it makes it very, very hard on everybody that was involved", he said.
"We do not believe that the suspect knew the family or the victim".
Police described the little boy's injuries as life-threatening and added that witnesses administered first aid.
Court records show the man was again charged with misdemeanor assault in 2017 and failed to appear at a hearing. "The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care".
On Saturday, Potts declined to give specifics about Aranda's mental health but said some of the previous cases had been handled in mental health courts.
Aranda was arrested in the mall transit station after trying to flee, the paper reported.
Potts said investigators continue to work the case this weekend, and he expects to turn the case over to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office on Monday for a decision on formal charges.
According to court documents obtained by CNN affiliate WCCO, Aranda has been arrested on three separate occasions in 2015, one of which resulted in him being banned from the Mall of America for a year. The charges state he threw a drinking glass at a customer at Twin City Grill in the Mall of America.
Aranda also was accused of walking into a mall store and sweeping his hand across a display table, breaking glasses.
Aranda has been banished from the mall in past years, though authorities said the trespassing holds had expired by Friday's incident.
Aranda was under a trespass notice at the time banning him from the mall until July 4, 2016.
WTVR reports that in August of 2015, "witnesses saw Aranda smashing computers on the floor in the Minneapolis library, causing approximately $5,000 in damage, according to a 2015 complaint".
Aranda asked the woman to buy him something while they sat outside the restaurant, waiting for it to open.