Man accused of Mall of America balcony attack appears in court; boy remains critical

Emmanuel Aranda is being held on a $2 million bail.
Author:
Publish date:

The boy thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America remains in a critical condition in the hospital.

The update was given by an attorney representing the family of the 5-year-old, per KSTP, with the child still undergoing treatment at Children's Hospital following the attack on Friday morning.

An update posted on a GoFundMe page for the boy, who is named Landen, Monday night said: "The family cannot express how grateful they are for all of the prayers, love and support that they are receiving."

"His condition has very little change at this point, but we are hoping to get some good news back from some upcoming tests in the next few days." 

As of Wednesday morning, the fundraiser had raised more than $740,000 in the space of just over three days.

Meanwhile, the man accused of throwing him from the third floor balcony, 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda of Minneapolis, made his first court appearance on Tuesday.

During the brief hearing, Aranda was told he'll have his next hearing on May 14, with his bail set at $2 million.

He has been charged with first-degree premeditated attempted murder.

Follow Bring Me The News on Flipboard for the latest stories

In the criminal complaint, Aranda told police he'd gone to the Mall of America in Bloomington on Friday with the intention of killing someone.

He had planned to pick an adult as they tend to be found closer to the balcony, but for some reason settled on the boy instead.

Previously, he said he'd go to the mall in order to talk to women, but became increasingly aggressive in the face of rejection.

Next Up

All Energy Solar Residential Installation

End 'renting' from your utility company and go solar

A solar installation is one of the few home improvements that actually pays for itself.

Byron Buxton

Twins talking contract extension with Byron Buxton

The Twins are 88-38 over the past two seasons with Buxton in the lineup.

minneapolis police

Police arrest man in connection to deadly Minneapolis hit-and-run

The victim died the scene in north Minneapolis on Friday.

Jordan Greenway

Wild's fast start vanishes in loss to Coyotes

Arizona scored five unanswered goals in a 5-2 loss.

Screen Shot 2021-03-06 at 4.12.00 PM

Police seeking tips in search for road rage shooting suspect

The incident took place in Maplewood last week.

Paige Bueckers

Paige Bueckers lands on Wooden Award list for women's college basketball

The Hopkins grad is the only freshman on the 15-player ballot.

Related

Emmanuel Aranda

Man pleads guilty to throwing boy over Mall of America balcony

Emmanuel Aranda pleaded guilty to attempted murder.

Boy attacked at Mall of America is now 'alert and conscious'

The latest family statement is a hugely positive one.

Family of boy thrown from MOA balcony reveals extent of his injuries

The 5-year-old remains in intensive care following the April attack.

MOA boy recovering after undergoing more procedures

The 5-year-old is still recuperating from the injuries inflicted

Fundraiser for boy attacked at MOA reaches $250,000

The fundraiser says the boy is in stable condition at the hospital.

Emmanuel Aranda

What we know about man accused of throwing boy from third floor of MOA

A 24-year-old is in custody awaiting charges of attempted murder.

Boy attacked at MOA recovering as fundraiser exceeds $540,000

The fundraiser has been shared more than 117,000 times on Facebook.