Child pushed from third floor of Mall of America, suspect in custody

Child pushed from third floor of Mall of America, suspect in custody

Child pushed from third floor of Mall of America, suspect in custody

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda has been identified as the 24-year-old man who allegedly threw or pushed a five-year-old from the third floor of the Mall of America.

Investigators are working to determine what led to the child being thrown or pushed.

A portion of the mall on the first and third levels was cordoned off as police and the Hennepin County sheriff's office crime lab processed the scene.

Tina Hailey of Burnsville was walking with her husband and had just rounded the corner on the mall's first floor near Macy's when she heard screams. "Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, '" Brian Johnson told WCCO.

He was also convicted of fifth-degree assault, trespassing and interfering with a police officer for an incident in October of 2015.

Police responded to the southeast court at the mall around 10:17 a.m. Police say he refused to give his name and resisted arrest.

It wasn't immediately clear if Aranda had an attorney. He says police don't have an idea about possible motive.

"At this time, we do not believe that there is a relationship between the child or the family of the child", Potts said, emphasizing that police believe this to be an "isolated incident". "We're actively trying to figure out why this occurred". Aranda's residence was not immediately available.

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The largest mall in the United States, with more than 40 million visitors a years, the Mall of America has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country. Attractions include Nickelodeon Universe indoor amusement park and Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium.

Aranda ran from the scene but was arrested in the mall's transit station. In response, the Mall of America said it was tightening security, and that some of the extra precautions would be noticeable to guests and others would not be.

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