Aranda allegedly went on to say that he had been coming to MOA for several years and had attempted to talk to women but was repeatedly rejected.
- The man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy off the third floor balcony at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota Friday told police he had come to the mall that day looking for someone kill.
Police said Aranda ran away, but was found in the mall's transit station and arrested.
About 10:15 a.m. Friday, Aranda was back at the mall and allegedly approached the victim and his mother as they were outside of the Rainforest Café on the third floor with another parent and child. 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.
Prosecutors said Aranda grabbed 5-year-old Landen Hoffmann and threw him almost 40 feet from the balcony onto the mall's tile floor Friday. "That a child, with his mother, at a safe public place like a mall, could be violently attacked for no reason is chilling to everyone".
A criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County on Monday says Landen and his mother were standing outside a restaurant when Aranda came close to them, picked up the child and tossed him over the balcony.
The 5-year-old boy remains in critical condition, according to the criminal complaint.
The Hennepin County Attorney's Office released the following statement on behalf of the victim's family, "The family sincerely appreciates the outpouring of support from the community". The victim's mother said she asked Aranda if they were in his way and should move.
He's now at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, where his condition is listed as critical. 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.
The complaint notes Aranda has "previously been trespassed from the Mall" for throwing water in a woman's face, and for destroying property.
The boy, identified by a family friend only as Landen on a GoFundMe page seeking help with the family's expenses, is "continuing to fight his courageous battle", according to the most recent post on the website Sunday.
Family members have told KSTP that Aranda has had a history of mental illness, including violent tendencies since childhood, even with his own family members.
Court records show Aranda had been banned from the mall for about a year in mid-2015.