The 5-year-old man who was thrown from the third floor of the Mall of America Mall in Minnesota, continues to be treated for life-threatening injuries, as the details of the life-threatening injuries continue. attack emerge, police said.
"It was a difficult event," Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts told a press conference on Saturday afternoon describing the scene as he arrived at the mall on Friday as "a coup de theater."
On Friday, 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda reportedly threw the third-floor child from the mall, who was not identified, police said. The child was with at least one of their parents at the time of the incident.
"It's just a little less than a 20-meter drop," Potts told reporters. He noted that there were many eyewitnesses and videos of the incident.
Police do not think that there is a relationship between Aranda and the child, but the resident of Minneapolis has already had contact with the police, including an incident in July 2015 during which he threw an object from one of the floors of the same shopping center. Aranda was arrested for obstruction, disorderly conduct and property damage, according to the Bloomington police.
Later that year, he had two altercations at local restaurants, including one in which he refused to pay his bill. In another incident in 2015, Aranda threw a drink at an employee of a restaurant and was arrested and charged with trespassing, fifth degree aggression, obstructing the court process and disorderly conduct, police said.
On Saturday, Potts declined to elaborate on Aranda's mental health but said some of the previous cases had been handled by mental health courts. Potts also pointed out that there had been previous convictions and that Aranda had already been warned of property infringement at the Mall of America, but that these notifications generally expire after increases of six months or a year – the previous Aranda arrests that took place in 2015.
Potts said prosecutors would finalize the charges Monday at noon.
ABC News & Olivia Rubin contributed to this report.