13 April, 2019
The man, identified by police as Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, was accused in July 2015 of throwing things off the upper level of the mall to the lower level. Aranda lives in the Twin Cities' metro area, police said.
He said the suspect immediately took off running but was quickly found and arrested at the mall.
Witnesses say the boy's mother was screaming and asking others to pray for her son. Bloomington Police is investigating the incident. Tina Hailey told the publication she was rounding the corner when she heard a woman screaming, "Oh my god, pray for my son".
"Time stopped for a minute for me", she said. "I saw the boy go motionless". Police detained the man suspected of deliberately causing the child to fall, and he remains in police custody.
"The child did suffer significant injuries", he said. Police don't think there is any relationship between the man and the child or the child's family.
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Potts said it was not yet clear whether the child and his family are from Minnesota.
He's now at the Bloomington Police Department, Potts said, and authorities don't believe there is any further threat to the public.
Aranda was chased and arrested Friday after the boy was thrown or pushed from a third-floor balcony and landed on the first floor at the mall.
Detectives are also also working with the mall to determine if there is any surveillance video. But service was restored just before 11:30 a.m.
Small portions of the south court on the first and third floors remained cordoned off Friday afternoon as lab technicians processed the scene. Our immediate and only concern is for the well-being of the family and the child, as well as for any individuals who may have witnessed the incident. "We have counseling services available for anyone who may need assistance", the statement continues.