A Minnesota man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy off a balcony on the third floor of the Mall of America last week told police that he "was looking for someone to kill," prosecutors accused in a criminal complaint.
Emmanuel Aranda, 24, was accused on Monday with a first-degree attempt to prevent murder in the Friday morning accident. The boy, who fell almost 40 meters, was left in a Minneapolis hospital with head trauma and several broken bones.
According to court documents, the victim's mother said that she, a friend, her son and a friend's child were outside the Rainforest Cafe when Aranda came up very close to his group. The victim's mother said she asked Aranda if they were going and should move. At that time, the suspect picked the child without warning and threw him off the balcony.
Police captured Aranda on a light rail train at the mall and waited for it to leave. They said he admitted that he threw the baby from the balcony and said he had come to the mall one day earlier, trying to kill someone but it couldn't "train". Aranda originally said he planned to kill an adult before choosing the child instead, the complaint said.
Aranda told officers that he had come to the mall for several years and made repeated attempts to talk to women, but had been rejected, investigators said. The complaint added that the rejection caused him to throw out and be aggressive.
Aranda has two beliefs for assault at the mall, both in 2015, including where he threw a glass of water and a glass of tea on a woman who refused to buy him anything. Aranda at one point was banned from the mall.
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Court records show that Aranda had been ordered to undergo psychological evaluation or treatment after the former mall.
A GoFundMe set up for the victim, identified only as the Land, had risen close to $ 600,000 from Monday afternoon. An update published Sunday alongside the creator Noah Hanneman said the boy had "a quiet sleep and still continues to fight against his brave battle."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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