Crime

Police Search For Road Rage Suspect Who Bit Off Woman’s Finger In Parking Lot

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Police are searching for a woman who assaulted and bit off the finger of another woman for stealing her parking space at a New Jersey mall.

Tonya Knight-Joseph says two women approached her car around 4:40 p.m. Saturday in the Cherry Hill mall parking lot. She had just parked her car in Aisle 18 after circling several times.

"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 News.

Knight-Joseph had no idea there was a problem.

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"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 said.

When Knight-Joseph was scratched, she threw her hands up to protect herself. That’s when an attacker bit her right index finger.

"All of a sudden, I must have been pushing the initial attacker away and she bit down on my finger and proceeded to chomp. By the time I looked at it, it was hanging off by a little piece of skin. I immediately picked up my cell, called 911 and followed her into the Nordstrom's," said Knight-Joseph.

The attackers fled the scene. Knight-Joseph chased the woman, but 911 dispatchers told her to stop.

She was transported to Cooper University Hospital, where she received tetanus shots and tested for HIV.

"This is a very big deal, beyond an assault. She went through to the bone, the bone is actually fractured, and the finger was nearly severed. This is an aggravated assault and it's something very serious. You're always concerned with bites, also with infections," said Lt. Amy Winters, Cherry Hill Police.

Knight-Joseph is still waiting for news about whether the remaining digit must be amputated.

Police released an image of the suspect who bit Knight-Joseph. She is described as a black woman in her mid-thirties, heavy set with “bushy” hair. She was driving an older model, dark Audi sedan.

Those with information on the suspect should call the Cherry Hill Police Department at (856) 488-7828.

Sources: ABC News, New York Daily News