Two days after a 5-year-old boy sustained life-threatening injuries when he as flung him off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota, a GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $436,000.
Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts said during a news conference that the boy fell almost 40 feet after a man who apparently didn't know the boy or his family threw him off the balcony Friday.
According to Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts, the boy suffered critical injuries after a man threw him from the third floor and then ran away.
A witness, Brian Johnson, told WCCO-TV on Friday that he heard a woman scream that her child had been thrown from the balcony.
'She was screaming "Everyone pray, everyone pray".
Aranda is being held on suspicion of attempted murder, and Potts said the police are expecting to submit the case to prosecutors by midday Monday in support of the charges.
Police said the 24-year-old man is not known to the child, or the child's family.
"At this time, we do not believe that there is a relationship between the child or the family of the child", the Police Chief said on Friday. "His soul is soft and gentle and instantly brings a smile to everybody he meets", the family friend described Landen on the GoFundMe page.
Witnesses said the boy's mother was screaming for help.
'A monster of a man threw him from a 3rd floor balcony at the mall, he is fighting to stay with us every second'.
'This was a senseless act and words can not truly express our profound shock and sadness, ' the Mall of America said in a statement on Friday. Potts believes this most recent incident is isolated and said the Mall of America continues to be a very safe place to go. Our immediate and only concern is for the wellbeing of the family and the child, as well as for any individuals who may have witnessed the incident.
Then in October 2015, Aranda returned to the Mall of America again - in violation of his no-trespass order - and harassed and assaulted a woman inside a restaurant there, records show. In one 2015 incident, Aranda was charged with damaging stores by throwing items from the upper level to the lower level, according to court records obtained by WCCO. Police learned at that time he had an existing trespass notice prohibiting him from the Mall until July of 2016.