A man has been arrested and charged with throwing a 5-year-old boy off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America. He has now told police that he did it because he was angry at being rejected by women at the Minnesota mall and was "looking for someone to kill".
Emmanuel Aranda, 24, went to the mall last week Friday in anger, "looking for someone to kill". The boy's mother told police that Aranda came up very close to her group as they stood outside the Rainforest Cafe restaurant. She said she asked him if they were in his way and should move. But he picked up the child without warning and threw him off the balcony.
The child plunged almost 40 feet and is fighting for his life in a Minneapolis hospital with head trauma and multiple broken bones.
Emmanuel is charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder. He has two past convictions for assaults at the mall, both in 2015, including one in which he threw a glass of water and glass of tea at a woman who refused to buy him something. Aranda at one point was banned from the mall.
Cook County court documents also showed he was arrested in 2014 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon at a Golden Nugget restaurant in the city.
Police caught Aranda on a light rail train at the mall. They said he admitted throwing the child from the balcony and said he had come to the mall a day earlier seeking to kill someone but it did not "work out."
Aranda originally said he planned to kill an adult before choosing the child instead, the complaint said.
"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," the complaint said.