51-year-old white man was arrested Saturday after punching a black girl in the face during an incident outside of a mall in Asheville, North Carolina, authorities say. David Steven Bell was caught on video striking the girl in the face with a punch, sending her to the ground at the Asheville Mall.
David Bell was taken into custody by the Asheville Police Department and charged with assault on a female under the age of 12 and two counts of assault on a female, according to records and the Asheville Citizen-Times. The girl was not taken to the hospital, police told the Citizen-Times. Her exact age was not immediately known.
Bell has been released from custody. He could not be reached for comment by Heavy and it is not clear if he has hired an attorney. Video of the incident was posted on Instagram and Facebook on Saturday and quickly went viral on Sunday. The girl who was the victim of the assault has not been identified and has not spoken out about what happened. The Asheville Mall said in a statement that the incident remains under investigation by police.
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