The five-year-old who was critically injured when thrown from a third floor balcony at MoA on Friday remains in serious but stable condition at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis today. His injuries are still life threatening.
Landen Hoffman, of Woodbury, MN, was visiting the mall with his family when the incident took place. Emmanual DeShawn Aranda apparently grabbed the boy and tossed him nearly 40 feet to the floor of the mall. The family did not know Aranda, and there is no known motive for the attack.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the extensive hospital care and rehabilitation of the boy should he survive. At the time this article, the page had raised over $550,000. A source close to the family said Landen continues to fight for his life.
“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 doesn’t know him and are completely clueless as to why this monster would target their family with this heinous act of violence,” the GoFundMe page states.
Aranda had been previously banned from the mall for violent incidents. One arrest, on July 4, 2015, was for throwing things off the upper balcony. He was banned from the mall for one year. That didn’t stop him from breaking a display of glasses, or throwing glasses of water and tea at a woman who refused to “buy him something.”
Police said after tossing or pushing the boy from the balcony, he ran. Officers found him hiding in the mall’s transit station and arrested him.
“We feel confident saying that the suspect threw the child off of the third floor,” Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts told CNN. “But as to why he did that, is still something we’re looking into and trying to figure out.”
The mall is no stranger to dangerous incidents. In November 2017 a Minneapolis man attacked two brothers in a dressing room at the Macy’s department store. Mahad Abdiaziz Abdiraham of Minneapolis said he was inspired by the Islamic State. In 2018 he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
In 2011, a teenage brawl broke out at the mall. The melee was caught on YouTube. Ten people were arrested for disorderly conduct.