A 5-year-old boy is fighting for his life having been thrown by a stranger off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Landen Hoffmann of Woodbury, Minnesota, was with his family at the mall when an assailant threw him from the third floor, which resulted in life-threatening injuries.
Apparently his family and the police are baffled by the attack, wondering what exactly prompted the perpetrator to commit such a random and violent crime.
PRAYERS FOR THIS LITTLE ANGEL! This is 5 year old Landen Hoffmann, the little boy who was thrown from the 3rd floor of the Mall of America. https://t.co/d75lCtA7tf
— Tonya Francisco (@TonyaFrancisco) April 14, 2019
The family of Landen Hoffman didn’t anticipate what would occur to their 5-year-old when they went to enjoy a trip to the mall. On Friday 12 April, police say that Landen was pushed or thrown off a third-floor balcony by a 24-year-old man.
A witness said that she could hear a woman screaming as her child was flung from the third-floor balcony near the southeast corner of the mall.“She was screaming ‘Everyone pray, everyone pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge’,” Brian Johnson said
A 5-year-old is being treated for “significant injuries” after witnesses say the child was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America. A 24-year-old man is in custody. https://t.co/b3mj5TddEa pic.twitter.com/gK3uvZg07j
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) April 12, 2019
The suspect has been identified as 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, they believe that he is not related to the victim or family in any way.
Aranda, who attempted to flee the mall after the incident, was chased down and apprehended near the light rail station. At the moment he is being held on suspected attempted homicide. A family friend of the Hoffmanns has set up a GoFundMe page to help the family cover the escalating costs of Landen’s treatment.
The campaign page reads: “This is Landen, he is the sweetest kindest 5 year old you will ever meet. His soul is soft and gentle and instantly brings a smile to everybody he meets. He is full of energy and life and enjoys soccer, playing with friends and family and playing hockey with his brother and sister. He was enjoying a day at the Mall of America with his mom and friend on Friday morning when a stranger maliciously grabbed him and threw him over the 3rd-floor balcony for no apparent reason.”
The page has surpassed its goal of $500,000, with over $660,000 having been raised at the time of writing, since being established on April 13.
Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts updating us on a child that was pushed or thrown over a third-floor railing at the Mall of America. 24-year-old man in custody but they don’t know the relationship to the child, who was taken to a hospital with critical injuries. pic.twitter.com/ecZreRDnoI
— Rob Olson (@RobOlsonFOX9) April 12, 2019
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