Man Who Threw 5-Year-Old Boy from Balcony at Mall of America Had Previously Been Banned for a Year
Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, who was charged with critically injuring a 5-year-old boy at the Mall of America in Minnesota on Friday, has a history of getting into trouble with the law.
Police say the boy was allegedly pushed or thrown by Aranda from a third-floor balcony at the mall. Aranda has been charged with attempted homicide.
According to court documents obtained by CNN affiliate WCCO, Aranda has been arrested on three separate occasions in 2015, one of which resulted in him being banned from the Mall of America for a year.
In July 2015, Aranda was taken into custody after police responded to a call about a man “throwing things off of the upper level of the mall to the lower level,” the outlet reported, citing a 2015 complaint which said Aranda initially resisted arrest and refused to give his name to police.
An employee from the Bare Minerals store went on to tell police that Aranda had “walked into the store, and without saying anything, swept his hand across a display table, knocking off and breaking two containers of lip gloss valued at $18.00 each and three shot glasses valued at $2.00 each,” the outlet reported.
Court records obtained by PEOPLE show that Aranda was convicted of fifth-degree assault and interfering with an officer of the peace, and was ordered not to return to the property for one year.
That August, Aranda was arrested without incident after police responded to a call that a man had been seen smashing computer parts at a local library, according to court documents obtained by WCCO.
In the 2015 complaint, police note that Aranda told officers he got “angry after he read something on the Facebook.”
Court records obtained by PEOPLE show that Aranda pleaded guilty to the charge of first-degree property damage and was sentenced to serve 28 days in prison, pay restitution and undergo anger management training.
In October 2015, Aranda was arrested for a third time after allegedly throwing drinks at a woman in a restaurant located inside the Mall of America, according to court documents obtained by WCCO.
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.
Court records obtained by PEOPLE show that Aranda pled guilty to fifth-degree assault and interfering with an officer of the peace.
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On Friday, officers responded to Aranda’s latest legal scuffle.
Witnesses said the child landed on the first level and the suspect took off running before he was apprehended by officers who took him into custody at the transit station of the mall, police said.
In a statement Friday afternoon, the mall’s management acknowledged the incident.
“Earlier today, Mall of America security was notified of an incident involving a child falling from one of the upper floors. Mall Security responded immediately as well as the Bloomington Police Department. Emergency Services were notified and responded as well. The child was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital. Bloomington Police is investigating the incident,” it said.
“The child did suffer significant injuries,” said the police chief, according to CNN. “The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care.”
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