Child thrown from the balcony of the mall

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UPDATE: (AP) – Court records show that a 24-year-old man from Minneapolis, suspected of throwing or pushing a 5-year-old boy from a balcony of the Mall of America, has been charged in two previous incidents.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda was arrested on July 4, 2015 after the police reported that it was the description of a man throwing objects from the upper level of the mall to the lower level. Police said that Aranda had refused to give his name and resisted his arrest. Aranda was also charged with having entered a mall store and having spent his hand on a display table, breaking glasses.

In October 2015, Aranda was accused of throwing glasses at the Twin Cities Grill in the mall. According to the complaint, Aranda approached a woman who was waiting for the opening of the restaurant and asked her to buy something for her. The woman refused and Aranda would have thrown a glass of water in her face and a glass of tea that hit her in the leg. Aranda was undergoing an intrusion notice at the time barring him access to the mall until July 4, 2016.

Aranda was sued and arrested Friday after the boy was thrown or pushed off a third-floor balcony and landed on the first floor of the mall. The boy suffered life-threatening injuries.

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