Please pray for a little 5-year-old boy who was pushed or thrown from a 3rd-floor balcony at the Mall of America. Bloomington Police have arrested a 24-year-old man, but remain tight-lipped about his identity.
According to the Star Tribune – Bloomington police said, with the child suffering “significant injuries.”
A 24-year-old man was arrested and is being questioned about the incident, Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said. The suspect’s name has not been released.
The boy was taken by ambulance from the mall to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. No further information on his condition was available.
Tina Hailey of Burnsville was walking with her husband and had just rounded the corner on the mall’s first floor near Macy’s when she heard screams.
“Oh, my God.” Pray for my son,” she heard the mother yelled out.
The mother screamed uncontrollably and appeared to be in shock, Hailey said.
“She didn’t know what to do. Nobody was helping her,” she added.
Hailey, who has a 4-year-old grandson, said the screams and the sight of those working to resuscitate the boy likely stay with her for some time.
“I won’t forget it. It was horrific,” she said. “I hope he survived.”
Police don’t know why the child was launched over the railing, Potts said, adding that there doesn’t seem to be any connection between the victim, his family and the alleged assailant. Potts said he didn’t know whether the victim’s family is from Minnesota or visiting from elsewhere.
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The Mall of America is no stranger to crime.
In November 2017, we reported about a horrific crime that took place at the Mall of America.
Mahad Abdirahman, 20, a Somali Muslim living in Minneapolis, attacked and stabbed two men in the dressing rooms at Macy’s in the Mall of America.
The incident started at about 6:45 p.m. in a fitting room of the men’s department at Macy’s. Two men were trying on clothes and walked out of the fitting room to show others in their group. The suspect went into the fitting room and tried to steal some of the men’s belongings.
The suspect was interrupted by the men; he pulled a knife and stabbed the victims. Other shoppers who were with the victims got the knife away from the suspect and subdued him until police arrived, Potts said.
Twin Cities reports- When Alex Sanchez came out of the dressing room, Abdiraham was standing there with a large knife and began stabbing him, according to the criminal complaint.
Alex Sanchez shouted and his brother John, their father and a cousin rushed to try to stop Abdiraham until police arrived.
Alex Sanchez was stabbed multiple times in the face, with one stab wound to his left arm so deep it reached the bone.
“The scars on my face and my upper torso are so visible and people stare at me,” Alex Sanchez, 19 said in the statement.
John Sanchez, 25, cannot bend one of his thumbs. His 5-month-old son witnessed the attack and now fears going to the mall.
When Abdiraham pleaded guilty last month to two counts of first-degree assault, he said his Nov. 12 attack was answering the call of jihad — a fight against the enemies of Islam, according to the Hennepin County attorney’s office.
“I want justice for my family and I want everybody to see this for what it is, a terror attack,” John Sanchez said in his statement.
“There has been statements that he was told by Allah to do this,” Freeman said of Abdiraham. “It doesn’t matter to us what deity you believe in or no deity at all, if you seriously injure someone, we will prosecute you and, if successful, seek a long prison term.”