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By Stephanie Allen-Gobert
Did the Nordstrom’s at the Cherry Hill Mall have a massive one day shoe sale over the past weekend? Something caused a major and senseless dispute over a parking spot. The dispute ended when one woman almost bit off the finger of another woman in a fight over a mall parking spot.
Tonya Knight-Joseph, 42, had just pulled into a space outside the Cherry Hill Mall, when two women approached and starting cursing at her for cutting in and accused her of pinching their parking space. When she put her hands up, one of the suspects bit right through her digit and took it off.The fight at the mall occurred around 4:30pm.
“As soon as I got out of the car (one of the women) started calling me all types of B-words,” Knight-Joseph told ABC.
“She got this close to my face, her nose touched my nose. She was yelling and screaming then she hit me in the face,” she added. Scratched, Knight-Joseph said she “put up her hands in defense” but was then one of the women bit on the finger.
“It was hanging off by a little piece of skin,” Knight-Joseph said.
After dialing 911, presumably with another digit, she was advised by dispatchers not to chase the suspect but instead report to Cooper University Hospital. Treated with tetanus shots and tested for HIV, she is still waiting to find out if part of her finger will have to be amputated.
She was in stable condition at the hospital. Images of the biter were captured on the mall surveillance camera.
Police are searching for the biter and say she could face aggravated assault charges. CBS Philly described the suspect as a black female, mid-thirties, heavy-set build with “bushy” hair. She is thought to have been driving an older model Audi sedan, dark in color.
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