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Man Who Threw Child Over Balcony Admits He Was Angry A Woman Rejected Him

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, told police he was "looking for someone to kill." 

The man suspected of throwing or pushing a 5-year-old over a third-story balcony inside Minneapolis' Mall of America told authorities he was upset a woman rejected him, and went to the shopping center "looking for someone to kill.'

The child reportedly plunged 40 feet and was rushed to a nearby hospital with multiple broken bones and head trauma. Emmanuel Aranda, 24, has been charged with attempted premeditated first-degree in Friday's attack. (April 12)

According to reports, Aranda was banned from the mall at one point for destroying items and throwing tea at a woman who refused to buy him food. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office confirmed Aranda is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday. (April 16)

The viciousness and randomness of the crime has frightened many who frequent the mall.

"That a child, with his mother, at a safe public area like a mall, could be violently attacked for no reason is chilling for everyone, "Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. "We charged Mr. Aranda with the most severe crime that the evidence allowed."

After the attack, police say Aranda ran but was later found in the mall's transit station.

Originally, Aranda planned to kill an adult but his plans were foiled. He returned that Friday and approached the child and his mother outside of the Rain Forest Cafe. The mother told cops she'd never seen Aranda and before she could move away, he grabbed the child.

Aranda told law enforcement he knew his intentions were wrong but was tired of being rejected by women he tried to pick up at the mall.

Prosecutors will ask his bail be set at $2 million.

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According to The Baltimore Sun, Keith Gladstone was out to dinner with another officer when he received a frantic phone call from his mentee, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins who said he ran down a man with his car in Northeast Baltimore.

Gladstone allegedly got a BB gun from the trunk of his police car and drove it to the scene in question. When he arrived he “dropped the BB gun near a pickup truck” as the man named Demetric Simon laid on the ground injured. Per an indictment, Jenkins told another officer to move the BB gun closer to Simon.

During an interview with The Sun, Simon denies having any weapons on his person, especially a BB gun. “I never had no BB gun,” Simon last year. “I never aimed nothing at him. He ran me over because I was getting away.”

Gladstone and Jenkins often collaborated together with Jenkins going onto lead the corrupt Gun Trace Task Force Unit. He's now serving 25 years in federal prison.

New charges outline Jenkins wrote the false police statement against Simon, however, attributed it to another cop who was at the scene.

It appears Gladstone's unethical ways have caught up to him. He reportedly worked in high-ranking drug units despite misconduct accusations that included being reprimanded by a federal judge and also being found liable by a civil jury for assaulting a man in 2015 during an arrest.

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India Jackson landed a prestigious internship with NASA, however, the single mother was unsure how she would manage it, as NASA--which received a budget of $21.5 billion for 2019 fiscal year--requires all interns to pay for their own housing, travel, and other costs.

Jackson had her daughter Jewel when she was a junior at Georgia State University, yet went onto earn her Bachelor's and Masters from the same school. After being accepted into the 10-week program in Houston, Texas, the 32-year-old wasn't sure how she was going to get it done.

Then her cousin launched a Go Fund Me page and within two days neighbors and some strangers helped raise $8,510.

"Some people gave $3, $1, $5 -- whatever they could give," Jackson, of Atlanta, Georgia, said. "I was extremely overwhelmed with hope and promise and joy. I am forever grateful to everyone on that donor list and I sent personal thank you's. Some people I knew, most people I don't and it's amazing of what humanity can bring regardless of race, gender.'

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“They may be in the wrong environment,” Espy told reporters at Clarksdale City Hall. “So, what I’m saying as the mayor today, I will put money on the line to assist those type of people to move out of the city."

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Espy was adamant about his desire to divorce the city of criminals. "But make no mistake about it, we are asking those three groups of people; if you are just simply a criminal, if you are a gang member or a drug dealer, move out of this city now.”

The new initiative came following a review of the city's crime statistics. However, Clarksdale Police Chief Sandra Williams said there were only 12 homicides in 2018.

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