Man charged with attempted murder after attacking child at mall

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda

Aranda is charged with first-degree attempted premeditated murder in the incident, which took place on Friday morning.

Prosecutors say Aranda was "looking for someone to kill" at the mall after being rebuffed by women he'd approached there.

Prosecutors will ask that bail be set at $2 million.

Without entering a plea, his court appearance was brief.

Aranda had come "very close to them", so the mom "asked if they were in the way and should move", the complaint said.

The family of Landen, the 5-year-old boy who was tossed from a Mall of America balcony, issued an update on GoFundMe as the crowdfunding page raised $675,000 dollars as of April 16. The child plunged nearly 40 feet and is fighting for his life in a Minneapolis hospital with head trauma and multiple broken bones. Stephen Tillitt, an attorney appearing for the victim's family, said the child remains in critical condition at a Minneapolis hospital.

The deranged suspect "acknowledged repeatedly in his interview that he had planned and meant to kill someone at the mall that day and that he was aware that what he was doing was wrong", the complaint said.

Then, the complaint alleges, Aranda "without warning" picked up the boy and threw him over the railing to the first floor, which Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts earlier estimated to be about 40 feet.

According to reports, Aranda was banned from the mall at one point for destroying items and throwing tea at a woman who refused to buy him food.

According to a criminal complaint, Aranda told investigators after his arrest he was angry over being rejected by women he attempted to talk to at the mall, "and the rejection caused him to lash out and be aggressive". He also has had arrests in IL, including on charges of assault and theft.

The boy's mother told authorities that Aranda walked up to her group as they stood outside of a restaurant located on the third floor of the shopping center.

Aranda, who has roots in the Chicago area, has a felony conviction for first-degree property damage as well as a long string of misdemeanor arrests and convictions.

"You wonder whether things could be prevented if we spent more on mental health treatment on the front end and mental health options on the front end, instead of always just waiting for bad things to happen and seeking retributive justice", Sellers said after Tuesday's hearing.