Shocking video shows 6ft 5in thug thumping an 11-year-old black girl in the face outside a North Carolina shopping centreJanuary 15, 2019
David Steven Bell, 51, was arrested on January 12 after footage reportedly of him thumping the girl went viral.
The 6ft 5in piano teacher is also accused of pushing two 13-year-old girls, according to Asheville Police.
The ordeal was filmed and posted by an unnamed bystander.
In the video, the man can be heard yelling “break it up” to the girls.
Soon after, other girls start yelling at him and one can be heard asking: “Who is he?”
One girl then pushes the man in the back, after which he can be seen shoving her back which sent her to the ground.
The girl gets back up and the man punches with a closed fist, knocking the girl out and down to the ground.
The other girls then run away screaming as the video ends.
Police spokeswoman Christina Hallingse told the newspaper that an off-duty officer who was already at the shopping centre arrested Bell after the incident, reported Heavy.
The girl declined medical treatment and was not taken to the hospital, Hallingse told the Citizen-Times.
Bell was released from custody on bail early Sunday after being arrested on three misdemeanour charges: assault on a female under the age of 12 and two counts of assault on a female.
If convicted, he could face up to 450 days in jail.
Bell is a resident of Black Mountain, North Carolina, according to public records and his social media profiles.
Bell is married and has two children, a 20-year-old son and a teen daughter.
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