Emmanuel Aranda said he was looking for someone to kill on the fateful day of Friday, April 12, after several women at the Minnesota mall rejected him for various reasons. "New test results have been positive, though he remains in intensive care with a long road ahead", the update read. He told police officers that he'd gone to the mall, the largest in America, looking for someone to kill.
Emergency officials transported him to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis broken bones and serious head trauma. Our miracle child Landen is showing real signs or recovery.
The statement also said the family is gaining more reason for optimism day-by-day, and remains focused on helping their child recover.
A GoFundMe account set up to help Landen's family with medical bills has raised more than $881,000 of a $1 million goal.
- The family of the 5-year-old boy who was thrown from the third floor balcony at the Mall of America last Friday has "good news to share with you on this Good Friday".
She asked him if they were in his way and should move but the man picked up the child without a warning and threw him off the balcony. Just know that we all feel your overwhelming love, prayers and support - He is answering our prayers and they ARE working. Thank you so much, from the bottom of our hearts.
Aranda was arrested at a nearby light rail train station. Landen's family is still seeking privacy and does not plan on releasing any photos during his recovery process. He returned Friday and chose the boy instead. He didn't explain why he changed his mind.
Emmanuel Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis, is charged with attempted murder after the boy Landen Hoffmann was grabbed and pushed almost 40 feet from the balcony onto the mall's title floor on April 12 in Bloomington.
Aranda is due back in court next month. Prosecutors will seek a $2 million bond to hold Aranda in jail, according to a statement from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.