Minneapolis man held in Mall of America attack

First responders give aid to a child who witnesses say was thrown from a third floor balcony in the Mall of America

First responders give aid to a child who witnesses say was thrown from a third floor balcony in the Mall of America

Police have confirmed a suspect has been arrested after the child, 5, was chucked from the balcony at the shopping centre in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A number of Aranda's petty misdemeanors are traffic or parking-related, but some of the charges are for more serious crimes, including his being convicted of a gross misdemeanor in 2015 for disturbing the peace with a police officer, as well as for assault of the fifth degree, with fear of bodily harm.

A witness says a woman screamed that her child was thrown from a balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota.

Witnesses said the child was his mum when he was snatched - being either thrown or pushed from the third floor in an apparently random attack.

"Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge'".

Investigators are working with mall officials to determine if there was video, Potts said.

Police do not believe there was any connection between Aranda and the five-year-old boy, nor between Aranda and the boy's mother.

Bloomington police Chief Jeff Potts told reporters that police were called to the mall at 10:17 a.m. local time, and initial information suggested a child had fallen from the third level of the mall's interior to the first level.

"At this point we believe this is an isolated incident", the chief said.

Aranda ran from the scene but was arrested in the mall's transit station.

'The child did suffer significant injuries, ' he said. He said a thorough investigation will be conducted to find out the motive for the incident.

According to Potts, witnesses told police the person suspected of pushing or throwing the child 'took off running immediately after the incident'. The child was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital.

Blue Line train service to the mall was suspended for about 45 minutes as police responded to the incident.

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