Countries Hoffmann from Woodbury, Minnesota, suffered life-threatening injuries
Wellwishers donated more than $ 300,000 to the family of a five-year-old boy who sustained life-threatening injuries when he was thrown by a stranger from a third-floor balcony in the Mall of America.
The boy, Landen Hoffmann from Woodbury, Minnesota, was thrown from the balcony on Friday and the police arrested the man who she said was responsible.
The cousin of Landen, April Hoffmann, placed a tribute to the boy on her Instagram page on Saturday.
& # 39; Please pray for my cousins, beautiful son Countries, & # 39; she wrote.
& # 39; A monster of a man threw him from a third-floor balcony in the mall, fighting to stay with us every second. & # 39;
Friends of the family started a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign for Countries, described as & # 39; the sweetest, sweetest 5-year-old you will ever meet & # 39 ;.
From late Saturday evening, the campaign raised more than $ 310,000, surpassing its original goal of $ 250,000
& # 39; His soul is gentle and gentle and immediately brings a smile to everyone he encounters & # 39 ;, according to the GoFundMe page.
& # 39; He is full of energy and life and loves to play football, play with friends and family and play hockey with his brother and sister. & # 39;
From late Saturday evening, the campaign raised more than $ 310,000, surpassing its original goal of $ 250,000.
Police say that Landen was thrown off the balcony on Friday by 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, who is from the Minneapolis metro area.
Aranda was charged with a homicide attempt and is currently being held in Bloomington police.
Countries Hoffmann is the five-year-old boy who was thrown Friday on a third-floor balcony in Minnesota & Mall of America. His cousin, April Hoffmann, posted this post on her Instagram page
Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda was arrested Friday at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota
Police were called to the Mall of America in Bloomington this morning after the man, suspected of not having a relationship, allegedly threw Landen from the balcony.
Aranda was chased inside the mall and taken into custody.
Witnesses say a woman in the mall shouted hysterically after the child was thrown.
& # 39; She screamed & # 39; Everyone prays, everyone prays. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge, & # 39; & # 39; Brian Johnson told WCCO.
Emergency crews had hurried to help the child.
Horror: Police were called to the Mall of America in Bloomington after witnesses said a man had thrown the young child from the height before attempting to flee
The 24-year-old suspect was chased inside the mall and taken into custody
Bloomington chief of police Jeff Potts said the police think this is an & # 39; isolated incident & # 39; is. This photo was taken from the third floor after the man was arrested)
& # 39; Additional witness information indicated that the 5-year-old may have been pushed or thrown & # 39 ;, said Bloomington Chief of Police Jeff Potts.
Police officers gave the child first aid together with witnesses, Potts said.
& # 39; The child has suffered significant injuries & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; The child has been transported to the hospital and receives care. & # 39;
According to Potts, witnesses told police that the person suspected of pushing or throwing the child off takes off immediately after the incident.
He is currently on Bloomington police, Potts said, and the authorities don't believe there is any more danger to the public.
& # 39; We do not currently believe that there is a relationship between the child or the child's family, & # 39;
The police do not think that there is a relationship between the man and the child or the child's family
The police were called to the Mall of America in Bloomington after witnesses had reported that a man threw or pushed the young child up high before attempting to flee
Potts said, emphasizing that the police regard this as an & # 39; isolated incident & # 39; regards.
& # 39; This was a pointless act and words cannot really express our deep shock and sadness, & # 39; said the Mall of America in a statement on Friday.
& # 39; Our direct and sole concern is for the well-being of the family and the child, but also for all persons who have experienced the incident.
& # 39; We have counseling services available for anyone who may need help. We know that this is a worrying event for all of us. While the Bloomington police continue to investigate how and why this isolated incident occurred, we will fully cooperate. & # 39;
The criminal record of Aranda includes two convictions in 2015 for preventing the legal process / interfering with a peace officer, as well as convictions for assaulting the fifth degree, breaking boundaries and damage to property.
Court data show that Aranda was arrested on July 4, 2015, after police said he was consistent with the description of a man who threw things from the upper level of the Mall of America to the lower level.
The police say that Aranda refused to give his name and resisted arrest.
Aranda was also accused of entering a department store and wiping his hand over a counter, breaking glasses.
In October 2015, Aranda was accused of throwing glasses at the Twin Cities Grill in the mall.
The complaint says that Aranda approached a woman who was waiting for the restaurant to open and asked her to buy something for him.
The woman refused and Aranda is said to have thrown a glass of water in her face and a glass of tea that struck her leg.
Aranda was standing at the time he forbade him to be banned from the mall until July 4, 2016.