Landen Hoffmann of Woodbury, Minnesota, suffered life-threatening injuries
A bystander rushed to help and apprehend the stranger accused of throwing a five-year-old boy from the third-floor balcony in the Mall of America, it has emerged.
Little Landen Hoffmann of Woodbury, Minnesota, was tossed from the balcony on Friday and police arrested 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who is from the Minneapolis metro area.
Aranda was charged with attempted homicide and is currently being held at the Bloomington Police Department.
A bystander who police say witnessed Aranda push the child stopped him from fleeing the scene.
Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said Saturday: ‘We’re very appreciative of his efforts to try to intervene and help out in a very difficult situation.’
Police were called to the Mall of America after Aranda, who is not thought to be of any relation, allegedly threw Landen from the balcony. He fell nearly 40 feet.
Aranda, who has reportedly been banned from Mall of America in the past, was chased down inside the mall and taken into custody.
Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda was arrested Friday at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota