A Black Mountain man is accused of pushing and punching a child under 12 years old in an incident that happened Saturday at the Asheville Mall.
Asheville police said a fight involving juveniles broke out at the mall that evening, and during the fight, David Steven Bell pushed a girl under 12 years of age, and then struck her.
An off-duty officer arrested Bell, 51, who is charged with one count of assault on a female under 12 and two counts of assault on a female.
Video of the incident is making the rounds on social media. In the video Bell can be seen, surrounded by a group of juveniles.
At one point, the camera turns away. Then a girl comes toward Bell and he shoves her.
When the same girl approaches him again, he punches her in the face, knocking her to the ground.
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We have no official information yet about the girl’s condition or the extent of her injuries.
The assault remains under investigation.