A 24-year-old man behind bars for allegedly pushing or throwing a little boy from the third floor at a Minnesota mall, apparently has a history of assaulting others and destroying property at the same mall.
CBS Minnesota reports that police arrested 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who has no connection to the victim he’s accused of tossing from the third floor of the Mall of America in Minneapolis.
“We don’t believe there’s a relationship between the suspect and the child, and we’re actively trying to figure out why this occurred,” Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said, according to the outlet.
The 5-year-old victim is currently at the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, suffering “significant injuries” after the incident. First responders found the boy unconscious on the first floor of the mall, lying in a pool of blood on Friday morning.
A single rose marks the spot where the 5-year-old landed on the first floor yesterday at Mall of America. pic.twitter.com/HumScoXuL7
— KatieSteiner (@KatieSteinertv) April 13, 2019
Court records indicated the suspect has a long history of criminal behavior inside the same mall. In July 2015, Aranda was arrested for throwing objects from the upper area of the mall to the lower area. He also allegedly walked into a store in the mall and with his hands, pushed items off of a display table, breaking glasses in the process.
In October 2015, Aranda reportedly approached a woman at the Twin Cities grill in the mall. He asked her to buy him food, according to police, and when she refused, he threw a glass of water in her face, followed by a glass of tea that hit the woman in the leg.
During the same year, the man destroyed five computers at a library in Minneapolis, court documents stated. According to the Star Tribune, Aranda had an active warrant for his arrest, in connection to a 2017 assault incident.
Aranda is being held without bond. He will likely faces charges of attempted homicide.
The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda/Police Handout]