ASHEVILLE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - A man was arrested in Asheville after video circulating on social media apparently shows him punch a girl-- who is under the age of 12, according to police-- in the face.
Police say on Saturday, Jan. 12, a fight involving juveniles occurred at the Asheville Mall. During the fight David Steven Bell, 51, pushed a juvenile and the punched her in the face, video shows. The juvenile falls to the ground and lays there.
We are aware of the videos circulating on social media. The @AshevillePolice responded immediately and the situation was diffused. An arrest has been made. Please contact the Asheville Police Department with further questions.— Asheville Mall (@AshevilleMall) January 13, 2019
An off-duty officer arrested Bell and he was charged with assault on a female under 12 and two counts of assault on a female.
The victim refused to be transported to the hospital, and police are continuing to investigate the matter.
WLOS obtained eyewitness video of the incident. **WARNING: Some viewers may find this video disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.**
FOX 46 reported on this story from Charlotte.