REVEALED: Hero bystander helped apprehend the Mall of America suspect who 'threw boy, five, off a balcony' while his mom screamed for help, as wellwishers raise $450K for the youngster who is still in hospital
A bystander rushed to help and apprehend the stranger accused of throwing a five-year-old boy from the third-floor balcony in the Mall of America, it has emerged.
Little Landen Hoffmann of Woodbury, Minnesota, was tossed from the balcony on Friday and police arrested 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who is from the Minneapolis metro area.
Aranda was charged with attempted homicide and is currently being held at the Bloomington Police Department.
A bystander who police say witnessed Aranda push the child stopped him from fleeing the scene.
Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said Saturday: 'We’re very appreciative of his efforts to try to intervene and help out in a very difficult situation.'
Police were called to the Mall of America after Aranda, who is not thought to be of any relation, allegedly threw Landen from the balcony. He fell nearly 40 feet.
Aranda, who has reportedly been banned from Mall of America in the past, was chased down inside the mall and taken into custody.
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- Landen Hoffmann was thrown from a third-floor balcony in the Mall of America
- He suffered life-threatening injuries and his cousin asked people to pray for him
- Wellwishers have now donated more than $455,000 on a GoFundMe page
- In a post Sunday loved ones wrote that the youngster 'is still continuing to fight'
- Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, was arrested Friday at the mall in Bloomington, Minnesota, and charged with attempted homicide
- A bystander stopped Aranda from fleeing after he pushed the child, police say
- Witnesses say the boy's mom was screaming after the child was thrown
- 'Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge,' she was heard yelling
- Aranda has reportedly been banned from the Mall of America in the past
- Do you know who the bystander was? Email Ariel.Zilber@mailonline.com
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Wellwishers have already donated more than $455,000 to Landan's family after he suffered life-threatening injuries.
And Landen's cousin, April Hoffmann, posted a tribute to the boy on her Instagram page on Saturday.
‘Please pray for my cousins beautiful son Landen,’ she wrote.
‘A monster of a man threw him from a 3rd floor balcony at the mall, he is fighting to stay with us every second.’
Friends of the family began the GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign for Landen, who is described as 'the sweetest, kindest five-year-old you will ever meet'.
'His soul is soft and gentle and instantly brings a smile to everybody he meets,' according to the GoFundMe page.
'He is full of energy and life and enjoys soccer, playing with friends and family and playing hockey with his brother and sister.'
They wrote in a post Sunday that the youngster 'is still continuing to fight'.
In the update loved ones said: 'We are all completely overwhelmed with the love and support that has come our way during this tragic time.
'He had a peaceful sleep and is still continuing to fight his courageous battle, he's a strong survivor!'
Witnesses say a woman at the mall was screaming hysterically after the child was thrown.
'She was screaming "Everyone pray, everyone pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge,"' Brian Johnson told WCCO.
Emergency crews had rushed to help the child.
'Additional information from witnesses indicated the five-year-old might have been pushed or thrown,' Bloomington chief of police Jeff Potts said.
Police officers gave the child first aid along with witnesses, Potts said.
'The child did suffer significant injuries,' he said. 'The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care.'
According to Potts, witnesses told police the person suspected of pushing or throwing the child 'took off running immediately after the incident.'
He's currently at the Bloomington Police Department, Potts said, and authorities don't believe there is any further threat to the public.
'At this time, we do not believe that there is a relationship between the child or the family of the child.'
Potts said, emphasizing that police believe this to be an 'isolated incident.'
'This was a senseless act and words cannot truly express our profound shock and sadness,' the Mall of America said in a statement on Friday.
'Our immediate and only concern is for the wellbeing of the family and the child, as well as for any individuals who may have witnessed the incident.
'We have counseling services available for anyone who may need assistance. We know that this is a concerning event for all of us. As the Bloomington Police Department continues to investigate how and why this isolated incident happened, we will provide our full cooperation.'
Aranda's criminal record includes two convictions in 2015 for obstruction of the legal process/interfering with a peace officer, as well as convictions for fifth-degree assault, trespassing and damage to property.
Court records show 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.
Police say Aranda refused to give his name and resisted arrest.
Aranda also was accused of walking into a mall store and sweeping his hand across a display table, breaking glasses.
In October 2015, Aranda was accused of throwing glasses in Twin Cities Grill in the mall.
The complaint says Aranda approached a woman who was waiting for the restaurant to open and asked her to buy him something.
The woman refused, and Aranda allegedly threw a glass of water in her face and a glass of tea that struck her leg.
Aranda was under a trespass notice at the time banning him from the mall until July 4, 2016.
PICTURED: Man, 24, charged with flinging stranger's five-year-old from third floor at Mall of America, causing 'serious injury'
- A young child suffered severe injuries after allegedly being thrown from a height
- 24-year-old Emmanual Deshawn Aranda was arrested Friday at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota
- He has been charged with attempted homicide and is currently being held at the Bloomington Police Department
- Witnesses say he either pushed or threw the child, 5, from a third-floor balcony
- Officers gave the child first aid along with witnesses, the local police chief said
- Witnesses say a woman at the mall was screaming hysterically after the child was thrown
- Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge,' she was heard yelling
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