Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony hospitalized

Clay Curtis
April 15, 2019

What a monster to grab an innocent child and do such a awful thing! I just can't imagine someone doing that to her!

"We are all completely overwhelmed with the love and support that has come our way during this tragic time", Sunday's update read.

"Every prayer for your family and your sweet little boy!" another couple posted a minute earlier. If you'd like to donate, the link is attached to this story.

Police have said the boy remains in the hospital with serious injuries.

Emergency services rushed to the child who was lying in a pool of blood. He's still receiving care. Potts did not offer details about his condition. Potts added that while both the victim and suspect are locals, there is no evidence that the suspect knew the victim ahead of the crime. "But as to why he did that, is still something we're looking into and trying to figure out".

He said: "We do have prior contacts with this individual".

Aranda was arrested on July 4, 2015, after police said he matched the description of a man throwing things off the upper level of the Mall of America to the lower level, court records show.

Witnesses say a woman at the mall was screaming hysterically after the child was thrown. He said she was screaming, 'Everybody pray, everybody pray.

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It has been reported that Landen Hoffmann from Woodbury, Minnesota, was tossed to the marble ground beneath the balcony on Friday (12 April) as his mum screamed: "Oh my God, my baby - someone threw him over the edge".

Potts said on Saturday there were "a lot of witnesses that were helpful" in the incident Friday.

Despite the incident, Potts thinks the mall is still a safe place.

Potts said, emphasizing that police believe this to be an 'isolated incident'. "He was enjoying a day at the Mall of America with his mom and friend on Friday morning when a stranger maliciously grabbed him and threw him over the 3rd floor balcony for no apparent reason", the family friend continued.

A Gofundme page has been set up by Noah Hanneman, who says he is a friend of the family.

The boy fell three floors after being pushed or thrown over a railing, according to Bloomington cops.

The Tribune also notes that "Court records show that Aranda has a history of convictions for misdemeanor offense". He was charged in two previous incidents at the mall in 2015. In another case, Aranda assaulted a woman inside Twin City Grill after she refused to buy him food.

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