David Stephen Bell, 51, was charged with assaulting a female under the age of 12 and with two counts of assaulting a female, an Asheville Police Department spokesperson told Newsweek.
A video that was shared online shows a group of young girls yelling at Bell outside Asheville Mall. Bell, who was described by activist Shan King as 6 foot 5 and 250 pounds, is seen pushing the young girl and then punching her in the face.
“I’m sorry to share this, but I need the police and prosecutors to feel our full wrath on this,” King wrote on Instagram. “Mall cops hardly took the thing seriously and local police charged the man with a damn misdemeanor.”
The young girl who was punched in the video declined medical attention, per Citizen Times.
“We are aware of the videos circulating on social media. The @AshevillePolice responded immediately and the situation was diffused,” Asheville Mall tweeted on Saturday. “An arrest has been made. Please contact the Asheville Police Department with further questions.”
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.