Black Career Criminal “Randomly” Targets White 5-Year-Old Boy, Throws Him Off 3rd Floor Balcony at Mall of America

April 14, 2019 in News by RBN Staff


Occasionally, I’ll go back and read an email someone sent me. It’s from the wife of an individual who was murdered by blacks. She simply thanked me for writing about how her husband was murdered and for honoring his life in someway (because few media outlets where it happened even bothered to cover the story). She ended by writing, “Apparently, it’s just okay to murder white people nowadays.”

It was heartbreaking when I read the email the first time and it’s difficult to read today.

But it’s when reading about what happened to Landen Hoffman, a five-year-old white boy, that the impact of what she wrote to me became overwhelming. [Boy thrown over railing at Mall of America remains hospitalized: The suspect, who had no connection to the child or his family, will be charged by noon Monday, police said., Star Tribune, April 13, 2019]:

A 5-year-old boy who fell almost 40 feet after being thrown over a third-floor railing at the Mall of America on Friday remained hospitalized Saturday, police said.

At a noon news conference, Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said the family of the boy, who remains hospitalized at Children’s Hospital Minneapolis, has requested privacy.

“This is a horrific situation, and the family is in our thoughts and prayers,” Potts said. “They appreciate the thoughts and prayers from the public.”

The suspect, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, was quickly arrested after fleeing to the mall’s transit station, thanks to witness reports and security cameras, Potts said. He was moved overnight from the Bloomington jail to the Hennepin County jail on suspicion of attempted murder and other charges. He will be charged by noon Monday, Potts said.

Potts said there is no connection between the victim, his family and Aranda.

Aranda has a history of mental health problems and had twice been ordered to stay away from the mall, court records show. In a previous criminal case, he told police that “he has some anger issues” after being arrested for smashing computers at a Minneapolis public library.

For all who witnessed the incident, including law enforcement officers who responded to the scene, “this is a tough one,” Potts said. “When you add in the element that this is a 5-year-old child, it’s pretty gut-wrenching.”

The boy’s family lives in Woodbury. A family friend who set up a GoFundMe page to help with the boy’s medical expenses said early Saturday afternoon that his parents are not yet ready to comment publicly. The boy, whose first name is Landen, is in stable condition, “still very much with us and fighting,” he said in a Facebook message.

Organizers wrote on Landen’s GoFundMe page that he is “the sweetest kindest 5 year old you will ever meet. His soul is soft and gentle and instantly brings a smile to everybody he meets.” Within two hours of the page’s creation, donations had rocketed past organizers’ initial goal of $50,000.

A troubled history

Potts said Saturday that police still do not know what Aranda’s motive might have been and that they are “working around the clock” on the case.

Aranda has a long string of arrests and convictions for misdemeanor criminal offenses in recent years, court records show. At the time of Friday’s attack, there was an active warrant for his arrest stemming from a 2017 assault case in Hennepin County.

In 2015, Aranda was issued a trespass notice ordering him to stay away from the Mall of America. He ignored the order and in October of that year was arrested after harassing and panhandling two female diners at a restaurant and throwing drinking glasses at diners, according to a criminal complaint.

He was convicted of fifth-degree assault, trespass and interfering with a police officer. Aranda was sentenced to 30 days in the Hennepin County workhouse and ordered to get a mental health evaluation. He was also ordered a second time to stay away from the Mall of America.

In the past six months, Aranda was charged a half-dozen times with riding public transit without paying, court records show.