Family horrified after 'monster' throws boy from shopping centre balcony

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There was blood; the boy was not moving.

Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts said in a news conference Saturday that the boy fell almost 40 feet after a man threw him off the balcony Friday. 'The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care'.

"The child did suffer significant injuries", Police Chief Jeff Potts said, according to CNN. "Immediately, my thoughts were: how can something like this happen?"

Potts said, emphasizing that police believe this to be an 'isolated incident'.

"The family is looking forward to continued privacy during this hard time and we are definitely welcoming all thoughts and prayers at this point", a spokesperson for the child's family tells PEOPLE. Potts did not offer details about his condition. He said that he lashed out after being rejected by women at the Mall. Potts credited bystanders and mall security for his quick capture.

Aranda was charged with attempted homicide and is now being held at the Bloomington Police Department. "It was horrific. I hope he survived", witness Tina Hailey told the Star Tribune.

Aranda has been banished from the mall in past years, though authorities said the trespassing holds had expired by Friday's incident.

A GoFundMe campaign had raised $320,000 by early Sunday for the 5-year-old boy who suffered life-threatening injuries when a deranged stranger flung him off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

Aranda was born in Chicago, where Cook County court documents showed a 2014 arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon at a Golden Nugget restaurant in the city. Aranda also was accused of walking into a mall store and sweeping his hand across a display table, breaking glasses. Aranda at one point was banned from the mall.

According to court records, the suspect has been previously barred from the Mall of America.

Jail records don't list an attorney for Aranda. When management intervened, Aranda grew enraged.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim was standing outside of the Rainforest Café when 24-year-old Emmanuel Aranda threw the boy over the balcony and fled the scene, but was arrested while waiting for the light rail.

"As the criminal case moves forward with today's charges in the wake of Friday's senseless incident, our thoughts and primary concerns remain with the victim and his family during this hard time".