The man who allegedly threw a five-year-old child off of a balcony at the Mall Of America was previously banned from the property twice for harassment and disorderly conduct.
According to the Daily Mail, Emmanuel Aranda has an extensive record of arrests and convictions for multiple criminal offenses. His first offense at the Mall Of America was in 2015 when he ignored his trespass order and harassed two women at a restaurant and threw glass cups at diners. The second offense involved Aranda throwing miscellaneous items off the upper level to the lower level.
Aranda also has an active arrest warrant from a 2017 assault case.
On Friday, Aranda threw a five-year-old off of a balcony at the MOA. Police allege the boy fell 30 feet to the ground while his mother looked in horror. A witness said the mother called for help when the tragedy occurred:
“She was screaming ‘Everyone pray, everyone pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge,”
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Aranda attempted to flee the scene but was caught by police shortly after. The victim is still in critical condition and his family’s identity was not issued to the public.