It’s very troubling to see young people follow patterns of behavior in which they perpetrate acts of violence against their fellow human beings with no apparent sense of concern or remorse about the consequences of their actions. The story that follows is an account of one such young man who has a police record spanning several years, and for a 24-year-old, that’s a rotten way to start adulthood.
From Pioneer Press:
A 24-year-old man arrested Friday morning and accused of randomly throwing or pushing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America has had other violent incidents at the Bloomington shopping center, court records show.
The man, identified by police as Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, was accused in July 2015 of throwing things off the upper level of the mall to the lower level. He also refused to give his name to police and resisted arrest.
Aranda was given a trespass notice then to stay away from the mall. But three months later he was accused of returning and throwing a glass at a woman in a mall restaurant.
In Friday’s incident, the boy suffered life-threatening injuries and was being treated at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said.
Potts said that Aranda was not known to the child or to his family and that investigators are “actively trying to figure out why this occurred.”
Aranda ran from the scene but was arrested in the mall’s transit station. Aranda, who lives in the Twin Cities metro area, was being held by Bloomington police on suspicion of attempted homicide.
‘TIME STOPPED FOR A MINUTE’
The chaotic scene played out about 10:15 a.m. in the southeast corner of the mall. Police officers responded to a report of a child falling over a third-floor railing, but soon learned the child had been “pushed or thrown,” Potts said.
A witness said a woman screamed that her child had been thrown from the balcony.
Brian Johnson told WCCO-TV the woman was screaming, “Everybody pray, everybody pray. Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge.”
The boy fell to the first floor alongside escalators near the Michael Kors and Clarks stores. Mall patrons and police officers performed CPR on the boy, Potts said.
A woman who works at a nearby store and who did not want to be identified said she heard loud screams, went outside the store and saw the boy hit the ground.
“Time stopped for a minute for me,” she said. “I saw the boy go motionless.”
Potts did not say whether the child and his family are from Minnesota or visiting.
“Of course, our immediate concern is for the child,” Potts said, adding the mother is with the child. “Our thoughts and prayers are obviously with that child and his family in hopes that that child is able to recover.”
Source: Twin Cities Pioneer Press
Aranda’s history includes several other incidents, including a conviction of gross misdemeanor interfering with a police officer relating to a July 2015 incident, and he pleaded guilty to trespassing and fifth-degree assault — both misdemeanors — and gross misdemeanor interfering with a police officer relating to another incident which happened in October of 2015.
In and of themselves, those aren’t terribly serious-sounding offenses on their own – but think about how close he came to being a felon charged with at least manslaughter if the little boy had died. I don’t know about you, but I have to wonder if his early life was twisted by living in a broken or fatherless home, or if he had a father figure at all who could have taught him to be a responsible citizen.
All of this makes me think of what we heard from Candace Owens this week as she testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee. She mentioned her grandfather’s influence several times and proudly pointed him out as a positive role model. One of the things she pointed to in the course of her testimony is the fatherlessness issue in the black community. We don’t know this young man’s history, but the odds were likely stacked against him from an early age because of that very thing.
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