Complaint: Man Went to Mall of America Intending to Kill

Remigio Civitarese
Апреля 16, 2019

He allegedly claimed he had made efforts to "talk to women in the Mall, but had been rejected, and the rejection caused him to lash out and be aggressive".

A Minneapolis man said he came to the Mall of America Friday "looking for someone to kill" before throwing a 5-year-old boy almost 40 feet over a railing in an attack that shocked the nation.

A review of video surveillance at the mall showed Aranda walking in the mall on the third floor and looking over the balcony several times before approaching the boy and his mother.

"This crime has shocked the community", Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement.

"He said he planned to kill an adult, because they usually stand near the balcony, but he chose the Victim instead", the complaint said.

Police said Aranda ran away, but was found in the mall's transit station and arrested.

According to the criminal complaint, about 10:15 a.m. Friday, the victim and his mother were outside the Rain Forest Cafe on the mall's third floor. First responders indicated the boy had multiple fractured bones, including his arms and legs and was bleeding from the head and had massive head trauma.

The suspect then took off running, pushing another witness who tried to stop him against a wall and then continuing to run until police caught him on the light-rail train outside of the mall, according to the prosecutor's office. During the interview detectives say Aranda acknowledged repeatedly in his interview that he had planned and meant to kill someone at the Mall that day and that he was aware that what he was doing was wrong.

"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 5-year-old boy remains in critical condition, according to the criminal complaint.

"The family sincerely appreciates the outpouring of support from the community", the statement said. He is now in critical condition receiving all available treatment.

A GoFundMe set up for the victim, identified only as Landen, had raised close to $600,000 as of Monday afternoon.

The mother had never seen Aranda before, and she asked if she and her son should move.

He told police he knew what he was planning to do was wrong.

Aranda was arrested previously at MOA for throwing items off another balcony, damaging merchandise inside a store and for throwing a glass of water and a glass of tea inside a restaurant after he harassed her about buying him something and she refused.

Court records show Aranda was arrested on July 4, 2015, after police said he matched the description of a man throwing things off the upper level of the Mall of America to the lower level.

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