Chief: Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony being treated

Blanche Robertson
April 15, 2019

"[Through] our investigative work and witnesses that we've spoken to, we feel confident saying that the suspect threw the child off of the third floor". He said the suspect was located at the transit station just outside of the Mall of America.

In October 2015, Aranda was accused of throwing glasses in Twin Cities Grill in the mall.

Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts described the incident as a "horrific" situation but could not give any updates to the boy's health.

The boy was taken to Children's Hospital Minneapolis with serious injuries.

Police do not think there is a relationship between Aranda and the child, but the Minneapolis resident has a history with the police, including a July 2015 incident where he threw an object from one of the floors at the same mall.

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They say he fell almost 40 feet after a man threw him off the balcony Friday. Charges are expected by noon Monday (local time), authorities said.

He was arrested and has since been charged with attempted homicide.

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Landen Hoffmann fell nearly 12 metres at the Mall of America near Minneapolis in the United States on Friday and suffered life-threatening injuries. Aranda was banned from the Mall of America through early July 2016, the court records show.

"I know there's been some reports and some concerns about whether or not he is still alive", Potts said.

Aranda, who lives in the Bloomington area, has a police record, including several arrests and convictions stemming from incidents at the Mall of America.

'This was a senseless act and words can not truly express our profound shock and sadness, ' the Mall of America said in a statement on Friday.

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.

"We have counselling services available for anyone who may need assistance". In another, he allegedly threw a glass at a woman at a mall restaurant. As the Bloomington Police Department continues to investigate how and why this isolated incident happened, we will provide our full cooperation'.

Aranda asked the woman to buy him something while they sat outside the restaurant, waiting for it to open.

Aranda's previous ban from the mall was not in effect at the time of the incident.

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