More than $436K raised for boy thrown from Mall of America balcony

Arturo Kim
April 16, 2019

Emmanuel Aranda was charged Monday with attempted premeditated first-degree murder in Friday's attack.

The page's creator, Noah Hanneman, posted Sunday that Landen had a "peaceful sleep and is still fighting his courageous battle". Police learned at that time he had an existing trespass notice prohibiting him from the Mall until July of 2016.

Aranda was arrested at the mall's transit station shortly after the incident thanks to fast-acting security, said Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts in a press conference Friday.

Potts said Bloomington police have had three prior contacts with Aranda in 2015 - two of which were connected to incidents at Mall of America.

'Please pray for my cousins attractive son Landen, ' she wrote. The child plunged nearly 40 feet and is fighting for his life in a Minneapolis hospital with head trauma and multiple broken bones. Police say the suspect, Emmanuel Aranda, 24, is cooperating.

Brian Johnson told WCCO-TV the woman was screaming, "Everybody pray, everybody pray". "But as to why he did that, is still something we're looking into and trying to figure out".

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Jeff Potts, the police chief for Bloomington Police Department said: "First of all, most importantly, the child that fell is still alive".

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". One of them in July [2015], that also occurred at the Mall of America, he was seen throwing an object off one of the floors - the third level.

'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.

He's now at the Bloomington Police Department, Potts said, and authorities don't believe there is any further threat to the public.

Aranda, who lives in the Bloomington area, has a police record, including several arrests and convictions stemming from incidents at the Mall of America. He said the woman cried out, "Everybody pray, everybody pray".

According to the complaint, Aranda repeatedly asked a woman to buy him "something to eat or at least give him some money", and after being asked to leave by a restaurant employee, he allegedly grabbed full glasses of ice water and tea, throwing them at the woman.

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