Complaint: Man Went to Mall of America Intending to Kill

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 16, 2019

Bail was set at $2 million with conditions.

The gruesome case has stunned Minnesotans, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said.

"That a child, with his mother, at a safe public area like a mall, could be violently attacked for no reason is chilling for everyone", Freeman said.

"The family sincerely appreciates the outpouring of support from the community", the statement said.

"The child is now in critical condition and the family is beginning a long journey to recovery", the statement read.

They asked for privacy and declined to be interviewed.

"All condition updates moving forward will be provided by the Bloomington Police Department".

The boy's mother told police that Aranda came up very close to her group as they stood outside the Rainforest Cafe restaurant.

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Emmanuel Aranda was arrested in connection with an incident at the Mall of America.

Instead, the complaint alleges Aranda "without warning" picked up the boy and threw him over the railing to the first floor, which Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts earlier estimated to be about 40 feet.

Meanwhile, little Landen Hoffmann is fighting for his life in a Minneapolis hospital with head trauma and multiple broken bones from the almost 40-foot fall.

In a GoFundMe post that has so far raised more than $570,000 for the child's medical expenses, a friend of the family identified as Noah Hanneman of Woodbury, Minnesota, said on Sunday that the boy, whom he identified by his first name Landon, was still fighting for his life. A review of video surveillance at the Mall showed Defendant walking in the Mall on the third floor and looking over the balcony several times before approaching the victim.

When he was being arrested, the suspect reportedly remained calm and did not question why police had stopped him.

He told police he knew what he was planning to do was wrong. He said he had formed a plan to kill someone at the mall Thursday. 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". That rejection caused him to lash out and be aggressive.

Aranda 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. He was arrested in October of 2015 and convicted with obstructing legal process, fifth-degree assault and trespassing. And that there is warrant for his arrest from IL for assault.

Prosecutors said they intend to pursue a longer sentence based on the aggravating factors of particular cruelty, the vulnerability of the boy and committing the violent act in front of other children and the boy's mother.

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