Police said the child, who fell nearly 40 feet, has significant injuries.
Witnesses told police the child had been either thrown or pushed and that the suspect had taken off running. He is full of energy and life and enjoys soccer, playing with friends and family and playing hockey with his brother and sister.
The suspect, 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, initially fled on foot, authorities said.
On Friday, 24-year old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda allegedly threw the child, who has not been identified, from the third floor of the mall, police said.
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Aranda was charged with attempted homicide and is now being held at the Bloomington Police Department.
The Mall of America issued a statement Friday: "This was a senseless act and words can not truly express our profound shock and sadness".
In one case, he pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with a peace officer in connection with a July 4, 2015, incident where he was seen throwing objects from the upper level off the mall.
He asked the public to keep the boy's family and first responders in their thoughts and prayers.
He's now at the Bloomington Police Department, Potts said, and authorities don't believe there is any further threat to the public.More news: Is Fortnite’s New Respawn System Meant to Compete Against Apex Legends?
Potts says criminal charges will likely be filed against Aranda by mid-day on Monday. A witness tried to stop him, and officers soon after apprehended and arrested the Minneapolis man in the mall's transit station.
"We think this is a very isolated event", Potts said.
Court documents also show that the mall assault suspect was convicted of property damage for smashing five computers at Sumner Library in Minneapolis in August of 2015, causing about $5,000 in damage. Our immediate and only concern is for the wellbeing of the family and the child, as well as for any individuals who may have witnessed the incident.
"We have counselling services available for anyone who may need assistance".
According to court records, the suspect has been previously barred from the Mall of America. Police say both the victim and Aranda live in the Twin Cities.More news: Trump Calls out New York Times for ‘Corrupt’ Reporting on Illegal Immigration
Onlookers said a woman began shouting after the child was attacked. Police learned at that time he had an existing trespass notice prohibiting him from the Mall until July of 2016.