Mall of America: Boy, 5, thrown from balcony by stranger in Minneapolis

A concourse area at the Mall of America in Bloomington Minn. is seen

According to police, early Friday morning a five-year-old boy was either thrown or pushed over the third floor balcony of the Mall of America in Bloomington, 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.

Potts said the suspect took off running right after the incident but was quickly found and arrested at the mall.

A source told WCCO the person who either pushed or threw the boy off the balcony fled the mall and was soon arrested by the Blue Line transit line.

Investigators are working to determine what led to the child being thrown or pushed.

The 24-year-old is in police custody and being questioned, reports local TV station KTSP.

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

The child fell to the first floor, where several witnesses and passersby tried to perform CPR on him, Potts said.

"At this time, we do not believe that there is a relationship between the child or the family of the child", Potts said, emphasizing that police believe this to be an "isolated incident". Potts said he didn't know whether the victim's family is from Minnesota or visiting from elsewhere. Officers gave first aid but the 5-year-old child suffered "significant injuries" and had been taken to a hospital, Potts said. Bloomington Police is investigating the incident. He was being treated at a hospital, but no details on his condition were immediately available.

He said police responded to the southeast court at the mall around 10:17 a.m.

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