Complaint: Man Went to Mall of America Intending to Kill

Complaint: Man Went to Mall of America Intending to Kill

More than $500,000 has been raised so far for the 5-year-old boy thrown off a balcony at the Mall of America.

The boy, who has not been publicly identified, remains in critical condition, his family said in a statement through the Bloomington Police Department.

"Defendant indicated he had been coming to the Mall for several years and had made efforts to talk to women in the Mall, but had been rejected", and the rejection caused him to lash out and be aggressive", the complaint said.

Emmanuel Aranda, who police said has a history of mental issues and arrests on relatively minor charges, went to the mall last Thursday and left without following through on his plan, the Hennepin County Attorney's office said in a statement.

The boy's mother says Arranda approached them, and without warning picked up her son and threw him over the balcony.

Police say Aranda refused to give his name and resisted arrest during that incident.

Bloomington Police confirmed Aranda had been banned from the mall twice before, but the most recent ban had since expired. Officers eventually caught up with the suspect as he sat on a light rail train.

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According to the criminal complaint, about 10:15 a.m. Friday, the boy and his mother were with a friend and her child outside the Rain Forest Cafe' on the mall's third floor. The child plunged nearly 40 feet and is fighting for his life in a Minneapolis hospital with head trauma and multiple broken bones. A GoFundMe page set up for the child, named Landen, had attracted almost $600,000 in donations as of Monday.

Aranda told police he knew what he was planning to do was wrong.

That August, Aranda was arrested without incident after police responded to a call that a man had been seen smashing computer parts at a local library, according to court documents obtained by WCCO. During the interview detectives say Aranda acknowledged repeatedly in his interview that he had planned and meant to kill someone at the Mall that day and that he was aware that what he was doing was wrong.

The complaint says Aranda approached a woman who was waiting for the restaurant to open and asked her to buy him something. Prosecutors are promising to pursue an aggravated sentence based on particular cruelty to the Victim, his vulnerability as a 5-year-old, and the fact that the crime was committed in front of other children and the victim's mother.

Court records show that Aranda had been ordered to undergo psychological evaluation or treatment after the earlier mall assaults.

"That a child, with his mother, at a safe public area like a mall, could be violently attacked for no reason is chilling for everyone", Freeman said.

The complaint notes Aranda has "previously been trespassed from the Mall" for throwing water in a woman's face, and for destroying property.

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