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Attempted murder charges filed in MOA incident that injured 5-year-old boy

MINNEAPOLIS — A Twin Cities man with a history of erratic and criminal behavior is now charged with attempted murder after police say he threw a child over a third-story railing to the ground below at Mall of America Friday.

A criminal complaint filed Monday details how investigators say 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda approached the 5-year-old boy without warning, picked him up and threw him off the balcony. Aranda then ran from the scene, pushing a witness who attempted to stop him against the wall. Officers eventually caught up with the suspect as he sat on a light rail train.

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. That rejection caused him to lash out and be aggressive.

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