New York police say they are looking for a woman who allegedly punched a 10-year-old boy in the face in a Bronx convenience store and bloodied his nose.
Portions of the alleged incident, said to have occurred on Aug. 19, were caught on the store’s security camera, WNYW News reports.
In the video (shown below), a woman with long hair and white shirt can be seen yelling at a child standing in the bottom of the frame. Only the top of the child’s head is visible in portions of the video. The woman can be seen yelling and shaking a fist at the boy. The child and the woman eventually leave the camera’s view as the boy backs away from the woman. The alleged punch is not seen in the footage.
“A lady punched me in my nose and I was bleeding,” the boy in the video, Mohammed Almontsir, told WNBC News recently.
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Mohammed’s father owns the deli and said he had stepped out moments before the confrontation occurred. He told WNBC that his son said he had been making faces at the woman.
But, the father told WNBC, that’s no excuse for what allegedly happened.
“I don’t think in any human mind, for a 10-year-old, it doesn’t matter what he does or what he says to an adult, should be getting hit in his face or pushed around in any way,” he said.
Police said they are still looking for the woman. It is unclear why it has taken nearly a month for surveillance video to be released.
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Mohammed’s father told WNBC he has seen the woman in his store before and believes she probably lives in the neighborhood.
Police described the woman as between the ages of 35 and 45 with medium-length braided hair.
They have asked anyone with information to call the the city’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-8477.
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