A man from North Carolina was arrested after he a video surfaced that showed him punching a young girl in the face outside of a mall on Saturday.
According to a spokesperson from the Asheville Police Department, a fight involving a group of juveniles broke out at the Asheville Mall in Asheville, North Carolina. David Stephen Bell, 51, pushed a young girl and hit her, police said.
Bell, who is from Black Mountain, North Carolina, was arrested by an off-duty police officer and charged with assault of a female under 12-years-old and two counts of assault on a female, the police spokesperson told Newsweek.
A video that was shared online shows a group of young girls yelling outside of the Asheville Mall. Bell, who is allegedly 6 foot 5 and 250 pounds, is seen pushing one of the young girls. The girl then approaches him after being pushed and Bell proceeded to punch her to the ground.
The incident is under further investigation, police spokeswoman Christina Hallingse said Sunday. Following the incident of the fight and the circulation of the video across social media, the Asheville Mall tweeted that they are aware of the video and that someone was arrested.
“We are aware of the videos circulating on social media. The @AshevillePolice responded immediately and the situation was diffused,” the mall tweeted on Saturday. “An arrest has been made. Please contact the Asheville Police Department with further questions.”
All victims at the time of the incident refused transport to a hospital, or emergency medical care, she added.