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Man who threw 5-year-old from Mall of America balcony was 'looking to kill': Police


A Minneapolis man was looking for a random adult to kill over the weekend before he threw a 5-year-old boyfrom a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America, authorities said.

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, grabbed the child and tossed him down nearly 40 feet on Friday, leaving the boy with life-threatening injuries, including multiple broken bones and severe head trauma, according to charging documents.

Aranda ran away from the scene, but police apprehended him at a nearby light rail station in Bloomington, about 10 miles south of Minneapolis. Officers said he appeared "calm" as he was arrested and never questioned why he was taken into custody.

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