GoFundMe for boy injured at Mall of America raises over $400,000

Minneapolis Police on April 12 2019

Witnesses said Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, either pushed or threw the 5-year-old boy on Friday morning from the third level of the Bloomington mall's interior to the first-level floor almost 40 feet below, police said.

- A GoFundMe online fundraiser for the boy thrown from a third floor railing by a stranger at the Mall of America on Friday has raised more than $600,000, surpassing the stated goal.

The child and suspect did not know each other and investigators are "actively trying to figure out why this occurred", Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts told reporters, according to the Pioneer Press.

The child sustained life-threatening injuries in the incident and was treated by witnesses and emergency services at the scene before being rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

Minneapolis man Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, has been charged with attempted homicide.

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.

His mum's desperate screams echoed through the busy shopping centre as little Landen fell from the third-floor balcony. Court records show Aranda was charged in two previous incidents at the mall.

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The boy, Landen Hoffmann of Woodbury, Minnesota, was tossed from the balcony on Friday and police have arrested the man they believe is responsible. "Thank you again for all of your support, we are truly gracious to be surrounded by a community that reaches out to help those in need", the family friend said. He said that he lashed out after being rejected by women at the Mall.

A 5-year-old was hospitalized after an incident at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., April 12, 2019.

Aranda, whom police said took off running after the incident, was found inside the mall's transit station and arrested.

The suspect has a history with the mall and was previously banned, court records show.

Court records show that Aranda had been ordered to undergo psychological evaluation or treatment after the earlier mall assaults.

In October 2015, Aranda was accused of throwing glasses in Twin Cities Grill in the mall. It opened in 1992, has more than 520 stores and is visited by 40 million visitors annually, according to its website.

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