Witnesses said Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, either pushed or threw the 5-year-old boy on Friday morning from the third level of the Bloomington mall's interior to the first-level floor almost 40 feet below, police said.
Witnesses told law enforcement that they saw Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Bloomington, Minn., shove or hurl the young child from the third interior level on the Bloomington Mall side to its first on Friday morning.
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. He said she was screaming, "Everybody pray, everybody pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" a witness, Brian Johnson told WCCO-TV.
Aranda, whom police said took off running after the incident, was found inside the mall's transit station and arrested.
He was arrested and has since been charged with attempted homicide.
Friends of the family began a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign for Landen, who is described as "the sweetest, kindest 5-year-old you will ever meet".
"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. The boy was rushed to a local hospital with "significant injuries" from the 40-foot fall, authorities said, and was still being treated 24 hours later.
"The child is still alive and receiving care", he said.
The suspect has a history of misdemeanor convictions, including some cases handled through a mental health court.
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.
The woman refused, and Aranda allegedly threw a glass of water in her face and a glass of tea that struck her leg.
Potts said Bloomington police had not had any contact with the suspect since 2015, until Friday's incident. As part of his probation for the assault in the restaurant, he was barred from visiting the Mall of America until December 29, 2017. He was also charged with destroying five computers inside of a north Minneapolis library that same year.
The complaint says Aranda approached a woman who was waiting for the restaurant to open and asked her to buy him something.