Brian Johnson told a local news outlet he heard the boy's mother scream, "Everybody pray, everybody pray".
In July 2015, he was arrested at the Mall of America on three misdemeanor charges - property damage, disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer - after police say Aranda threw items from the upper level of the mall to the lower level.
He went on: "The suspect was seen fleeing the scene immediately after the incident happened, he was located very quickly and he was arrested and brought to The Bloomington Police Department".
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Then in October 2015, Aranda returned to the Mall of America again - in violation of his no-trespass order - and harassed and assaulted a woman inside a restaurant there, records show.
"But when you add in the element that this was a 5-year-old child - it makes it very, very hard on everybody that was involved", he said. Authorities haven't released the boy's name and say his family is requesting privacy.
Onlookers said a woman began shouting after the child was attacked.
According to Hennepin County Jail records, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda was booked on probable cause of attempted homicide.
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Police were called to the Mall of America in Bloomington this morning after the man, who is not thought to be of any relation, allegedly threw Landen from the balcony.
He said that cops had given the child first aid along with members of the public.
Despite the incident, Potts thinks the mall is still a safe place.
At this point, police do not believe there is a relationship between the family of the child and the suspect, Potts said. We know that this is a concerning event for all of us.
Police are still investigating what the motive was as well.
He was accused three months later of throwing glasses of ice water and tea at a woman in a restaurant at the mall after she refused to buy him food, the records show. He was charged in two previous incidents at the mall in 2015. He had also swept his hand across a display table at the beauty store Bare Minerals, breaking lip gloss containers and shot glasses, police said.
Aranda was under a trespass notice at the time banning him from the mall until July 4, 2016.