Stranger Who Tossed Random Child Over Mall Balcony Said He Wanted To Kill

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda has been charged with attempted first-degree premeditated murder.

Bloomington, MN – The convicted felon accused of grabbing a five-year-old boy and tossing him over the Mall of America’s third-floor railing on Friday allegedly told police that he intended to kill the child.

According to investigators, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, said he went to the Mall of America “looking for someone to kill,” the St. Cloud Times reported.

He allegedly told police that he had formulated “a plan to kill someone at the mall” the day prior, but that his homicidal idea hadn't come to fruition, according to the criminal complaint.

The harrowing attack occurred outside the Rain Forest Café at approximately 10:15 a.m., as the little boy and his mother were standing with another woman and her child, KMSP reported.

Aranda, who they had never met, suddenly approached them, grabbed the boy, and tossed him over the railing.

He plummeted nearly 40 feet to the first-floor level below, and was rushed to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis with multiple fractures to his arms and legs. He also suffered massive head trauma, and was bleeding from his head.

The victim was listed in stable condition on Monday morning.

Witnesses said that the boy’s mother appeared to be in shock and screamed uncontrollably after her son was tossed over the railing, the St. Cloud Times reported.

“Oh my God! Pray for my son,” she wailed.

A bystander attempted to keep Aranda at the scene, but he managed to escape and made his way to a light rail train outside, where police ultimately located him and took him into custody, according to KMSP.

He later confessed to having committed the violent attack on the little boy.

“He said he planned to kill an adult, because they usually stand near the balcony, but he chose the Victim instead," court documents read, according to the St. Cloud Times. "Defendant…said that he was the one who had thrown the 5-year-old Victim from the balcony and fled.”

Mall security footage showed Aranda as he looked down over the third-floor railing multiple times prior to the attack, KMSP reported.

Aranda allegedly blamed his actions on women who had rejected his advances at the mall over the past several years, according to the St. Cloud Times.

According to investigators, Aranda claimed that he “had made efforts to talk to women in the Mall, but had been rejected, and the rejection caused him to lash out and to be aggressive,” court documents read.

He was charged with attempted first-degree premeditated murder on Monday.

Aranda, who is originally from Chicago, was previously convicted of felony first-degree property damage, and has a long history of misdemeanor offenses.

On one occasion, he smashed computers inside a Minneapolis public library.

He was also arrested at the Mall of America in 2015, after he tossed items off of an upper level of the shopping center.

He was prohibited from going to the mall for the next year, but was arrested there weeks later for harassing two women, throwing dishes at diners, and panhandling aggressively, the St. Cloud Times reported.

Aranda has repeatedly been court-ordered to participate in mental health counseling, to take prescribed medications, and to abstain from drugs and alcohol.

“This crime has shocked the community,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement to KMSP. “That a child, with his mother, at a safe public area like a mall, could be violently attacked for no reason is chilling for everyone."

The community has rallied behind the young boy in the wake of the attack, and a GoFundMe campaign raised over $600,000 as of Monday afternoon.

“Landen has a very long road to recovery ahead of him,” the fundraising page read. “He has many surgeries ahead in his life to try to get back to a normal life for a young, vibrant boy.”

“He is the sweetest kindest [five-year-old] you will ever meet,” the page continued. “His soul is soft and gentle and instantly brings a smile to everybody he meets.”

"The family sincerely appreciates the outpouring of support from the community,” Freeman told KMSP.

Comments (45)
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Trueferblue
Trueferblue

One of Rep Omar's buddies!

Patrick 69
Patrick 69

Obama "immigrants"?

Daughter
Daughter

I hop the child will be alright prayers for the family this guy needs to be in prison for life or hell do it again!!!!

informative
informative

The drop in the photo is not "nearly 40 feet" - surviving a 40 foot drop would be miraculous

Starry
Starry

F U democrab for taking out the 3 strike law , he would NOT be here if the 3 strike law still around

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

It was 39 feet, still miraculous he's alive.

mikeruesing
mikeruesing

this POC cuold have easily been taken off the streets if he had been given lead poisoning early on

Steve326m
Steve326m

Kill the POS!

antialien
antialien

Elected officials in MN are standing up for these anti-American murderers. The blood is on their hands!

antialien
antialien

This horrible event is just another example of jihad against America and our people.

Hannibal
Hannibal

It was just some people who did some stuff.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda has been charged with attempted first-degree premeditated murder."

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda = death to islamic madmen and lock them in a cell with nothing to eat but bacon.

Durty_Harriet
Durty_Harriet

He should have heaved over the railing.

gvinny67
gvinny67

When can we start telling the truth in news articles. This SOB isn't "from" Chicago! He's a Somali illegal alien, one of "Obama's sons" brought into this community and has now nearly killed a child!

Every Demoncrat will answer before God Almighty for the atrocities they've placed on the children and families in the United States!

Get armed people, carry everyday, don't turn your backs on these people!

cspcapt
cspcapt

what kind of degenerate does this to an innocent child?

Sivaas_
Sivaas_

Separate his head from his body.

Wish505
Wish505

To answer your question, one of those reportedly peaceful muslims.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Reportedly he changed his name from a Muslim name before.

AZRiverunner
AZRiverunner

aka - Abdisaid Mohammed

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

This POS is an anomaly; he doesn't represent any group, despite what people will say. His race or religion don't matter, and shouldn't be used to further any political agenda (on either the left or right side).

That all being said, you try to murder a 5 year old, just because he was there? I'd gladly volunteer to put a bullet in this guy's head.

Lochemet
Lochemet

I just so feel for this poor little boy. Five years old and because of some rabid animal who decided to throw him over the balcony, he now has multiple fractures and a serious head injury with a long road of recovery ahead of him. There are no words to express how utterly, utterly demonic this low-life's act was. I am unable to wrap my head around this. Definitely praying and encourage all to pray for this young innocent boy, and for his family. May his complete recovery be quick.

DR226
DR226

Islam and mental health issues are a recipe for terror. Put this scum down now, he's wasting precious oxygen. This boy is young and hopefully recovers quickly but will need counceling to deal with this madness, and his mom. What a brave shit this guy is, a five year old!!!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

This guy needs to die. If not it’s only a matter of time he actually kills someone else. Look at his record and the pattern it shows. I’m sorry but to me mental health isn’t an excuse to get away with any crime.

bluerudithor
bluerudithor

Aranda, who the police dept knew was a felon banned from going to the Mall, should have been wearing an 'ankle bracelet' so he could be monitored and tracked down at all times. If the sob had been wearing one, he never would have been where he was at the Mall, and that little 5 yr old boy, would never have been his victim.

Branoli
Branoli

I say take this jerk to the tallest building in Minneapolis and just toss him over the railing.

redpill
redpill

Typical Omar voter in Minneso-malia

Blueberry moon
Blueberry moon

If I killed people because a woman rejected me I'd be worse than all the Serial killers put together! He never should be able to from behind bars!

juliekay
juliekay

Big MAN-looking to kill someone-so he grabs a 5yr old? I'm with the guy said take him to tallest building and toss his tail

KBChicago
KBChicago

He will be out and free within a few years...what ass hats whom run the justice systems (collectively) across the USA.

FM1
FM1

First of all he is a scumbag coward they always go for the weak and helpless least capable of defending themselves.so we have established what type of inhumane animal we are dealing with.first of all we should start his rehabilitation and therapy by pulling his toe and finger nails out by using a pair of pliers then move on to his eye lashes.well it's time to put this piece of garbage in a cell with big bubba and throw away the key permanently.jgb

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

What a sick fuck, they can't beat and kill this turd enough.

And first of all, what kind of dam loser can't get a date these days, there are apps for desperate fucks just like him. It couldn't be easier.