A 5-year-old boy who was seriously injured when he was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America near Minneapolis remains hospitalized.
Bloomington Police Chief, Jeffrey Potts said in a presser Saturday that the boy is alive but still in the hospital.
"I heard the mother screaming pray for my kid. please pray for my son. everyone please pray", said Brian Johnson, witness. He said she was screaming, "Everybody pray, everybody pray".
Shortly after the incident, police arrested a 24-year-old man inside the mall, one of the state's leading tourist attractions, after he had fled the scene, Potts said.
Police said the 24-year-old man is not known to the child, or the child's family. Police still do not believe there was any connection between the family and Aranda. The family doen't know the suspect and are "completely clueless" as to why the suspect targeted the little boy, according to the GoFundMe page.
The boy was taken to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis with serious injuries.
On Friday, the boy "was enjoying a day at the Mall of America with his mom and friend ... when a stranger maliciously grabbed him and threw him over the third-floor balcony for no apparent reason".
"We think this is a very isolated incident", he said. Police credited a concerned bystander for chasing the suspect, and the Mall security for tracking him to the transportation station where he was apprehended. A criminal complaint says in one case, he was suspected of "throwing things off the upper level of the mall to the lower level".
He said that cops had given the child first aid along with members of the public. He was charged in two previous incidents at the mall in 2015.
'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.
Court documents also show that the mall assault suspect was convicted of property damage for smashing five computers at Sumner Library in Minneapolis in August of 2015, causing about $5,000 in damage.
For these past charges, Aranda was banned from the mall through July 2016.