Police say a Minnesota man, who is in custody for throwing a 5-year-old from a mall balcony, was upset about being rejected by women there.

CBS News reports Emmanuel Aranda, 24, threw a little boy named Landen from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America on Friday.

The victim’s mother told officers that as her group was standing outside of the Rainforest Cafe, she noticed the suspect standing close to them. In response, she asked Aranda if they were in his way. According to the complaint, Aranda retaliated by suddenly picking up her son and throwing him over the railing.

Brian Johnson, a witness, told CBS Minnesotta of Landen’s mom:

“She was screaming ‘Everyone pray, everyone pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge.’”

Officers arrested Aranda on a light rail train at the mall before it departed, CBS News reports. While speaking with police, Aranda admitted to throwing Landen from the balcony. Further, he told police he’d intended to kill an adult the day before, but it didn’t “work out.”

The complaint states:

Defendant indicated he had been coming to the Mall for several years and had made efforts to talk to women in the Mall, but had been rejected, and the rejection caused him to lash out and be aggressive.

However, this wasn’t Aranda’s first violent outburst. In fact, he’d previously been banned from the mall for two incidents that occurred in 2015.

In July of 2015, he was charged after causing damage inside of stores, throwing objects from a balcony, and resisting arrest. In October of that year, he allegedly threw a glass of water and a glass of tea at a woman who refused to pay for his food at a mall restaurant.

Further, in an unrelated mall incident, Aranda was charged for destroying a Minneapolis library’s computers in August 2015. In that criminal complaint, he reportedly told officers that “he has some anger issues,” but “it does not happen all the time.”

In a 2014 incident, Aranda avoided jail time after reportedly beating a restaurant employee with a phone and pulling out a knife when she threatened to call the police. After he pleaded guilty, a judge sentenced him to 18 months of probation.

Currently, police have charged Aranda for attempted premeditated first-degree murder in regards to Friday’s incident.

After a 40-foot plunge, Landen remains in critical condition, FOX 8 reports. CBS News reports he suffered head trauma and multiple broken bones following the fall.

A GoFundMe has been set up “in relation to his healing process.” According to the GoFundMe, Landen is a “soft and gentle” soul, who loves soccer and playing with friends and family. Supporters have donated over $746,000 to the account, exceeding the family’s goal of $500,000.

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15 Replies to “Mom Said She Asked Man If He Wanted Them to Move Before He Threw Her Son From Third Floor Balcony”

  • Anonymous 5 months ago

    Very trauma to which no one expected to happen I’m sure the security was watching him .Lol should have been banned from the mall and locked up the first incident that took place .Jm so glad the security was there to apprehend him .Nice to see the account is exceeding the goal I’m sure the family hasn’t ever prepared themselves for such a disaster..God speed

  • Truly 5 months ago

    If only someone had a gun!

  • Seething Pat 5 months ago

    So why did that stupid judge give him probation on previous incident. The psyco should have been locked up years ago. Build more jails! Now an innocent child has suffered from wrong decision.

  • Sherri 5 months ago

    This boys mothers priority should be raising her son. Not securing another dick in her life

  • Sherri 5 months ago

    If woman chose motherhood over intimate relationships, many children would be happier. Too many people can’t handle being single, despite our children deserving of their mothers focus and attention instead of their mother focusing on unhealthy men who can’t meet her where she wants. Masturbate. Relationships can wait and shouldn’t be a single mother’s priority.

  • Katie 5 months ago

    Sherri, Did you even read the article, this mom did not even know this sick individual, but simply asked him if their group was in his way, upon which he picked up her small son and threw him over balcony. You owe this mom an apology for the sick and insensitive comment you made. Learn how to read

  • Mary Stevens 5 months ago

    The person to blame is Obummer for bringing these low-life Somalis here to torment and murder us.

  • Mack Richardson 5 months ago

    He’s should be hit with a trespass charge, and a attempted murder. He needs to be sentenced 10 – 20 years in prison. This guy permeated this case . He’s not crazy !!! People, if this was a woman and/or kid was another race..
    .. would this guy’s actions still been the same?

  • Gina 5 months ago

    DEAR GOD FIRST OF ALL EVERY SINGLE PERSON THAT HEARD THIS STORY SHOULD BE PRAYING TO THEIR GOD THAT THIS BABY COMPLETELY HEALS FROM THIS UNSPEAKABLE EVIL ACTION OF A PURELY EVIL BEING. SECONDLY ANYONE THAT COULD OR WOULD FIND FAULT WITH THIS POOR MOTHER WHO IS GOING THROUGH THE WORST NIGHTMARE OF HER LIFE, IS A MEAN, NASTY, UNEDUCATED, FOOL. HOW DARE YOU? LASTLY WHY ARE ANY OF YOU FINDING BLAME FAULT AND POINTING FINGERS AT ANYONE OTHER THAN THIS DEVIL IN EARTH? NO ONE COULD EVER HAVE PREDICTED THIS DISGUSTING ACT OF VIOLENCE. THERE WAS NO WARNING. NO GUN. NO KNIFE. NO NOTE. THIS WAS EVIL IN EARTH. NO ONE COULD HAVE PREPARED FOR THIS. GOD BLESS THIS SWEET BABY BOY AND HIS GRIEF STRIKENED FAMILY, AND THE FIRST RESPONDERS. NOW SO THE RIGHT THING AND MAKE THIS LUNATIC SUFFER EVERY SINGLE DAY IN GENERAL POPULATION IN PRISON FOR THE REST OF HIS MISERABLE LIFE

  • Lavonya middleton 5 months ago

    Sherri you sound stupid what story did you read she wasn’t trying to get with no guy reading is fundamental try it.rewd the entire story to yourself 3x out loud

  • Christina 5 months ago

    Fuck you Mary Stevens! You are no doubt a white trash piece of shit racist. People of all colors do evil things.

  • Gwen 5 months ago

    Sherri,
    Please go back and READ the article. The mother didn’t even know this scum, only asked if she and the others in her group were in his way. He then grab her son and threw him over the balcony. I think you need to go back and apologize to this mother.

  • Anonymous 5 months ago

    Is he an American citizen, I have seen no media reports on where he originates from.

  • Lu 5 months ago

    We are all human beings. We all bleed red & will die someday. The color of our skin is of no significance. There is good & bad in every skin color. Everyone needs to learn to be kind to each other and those who would rather kill, rape, rob etc. need to be jailed. I know this will never happen (not all of it) but I can dream of a better world, right?

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