Child attack suspect had previous Mall of America arrests

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Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts said police don't think there is any relationship between the man and the family of the child, who suffered "significant injuries" and was taken to a hospital.

Court records show Aranda was arrested on July 4, 2015, after police said he matched the description of a man throwing things off the upper level of the Mall of America to the lower level.

Police in Minnesota say they've arrested a 24-year-old man in an incident in which a child may have been pushed or thrown from a balcony at the Mall of America. The family is now with the child, police said.

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Witnesses told police that the child may have been pushed or thrown from the mall's third level to the first floor, Potts said.

A Mall of America spokesperson said in a statement that any additional information about the incident will come from police. The complaint says he approached a woman who was waiting for the restaurant to open and asked her to buy him something. The charges state he threw a drinking glass at a customer at Twin City Grill in the Mall of America.

The child fell to the first floor, where several witnesses and passersby tried to perform CPR on him, Potts said. Potts said he didn't know whether the victim's family is from Minnesota or visiting from elsewhere. "That suspect has been taken into custody, is now at the Bloomington Police Department".

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Metro Transit stopped Blue Line light rail service in and out of the mall around 11 a.m. due to the police activity. But service was restored just before 11:30 a.m. Our immediate and only concern is for the well-being of the family and the child, as well as for any individuals who may have witnessed the incident.

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.

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