An unknown altercation at a mall in North Carolina Saturday night resulted in an 11-year-old female being punched by a 51-year-old piano teacher.
David Steven Bell -a married father of two children- was arrested after he was filmed punching an 11-year-old girl and pushing two other teens after he was surrounded at a mall in Asheville.
Bell was released from custody on the misdemeanor charges of assault on a female under the age of 12 and two counts of assault on a female.
While it is unknown what happened prior to the incident and neither party involved has spoken about the incident, audio and video footage implies that Bell attempted to break up a fight between the girls, who did not take kindly to his intervention and assaulted him as a result.
Bell can be heard saying “break it up” during the altercation, with the girls asking “who is he?” before one pushes him in the back, shifting his center of balance.
Upon being pushed, Bell shoved back on the girl, sending her into a metal pole. Demanding satisfaction, the girl then rose to her feet and charged Bell, resulting in her being knocked out by the piano teacher.
An off-duty police officer detained Bell shortly after.
Video footage -which often swings wildly out of frame with the scene- was posted to Instagram, and has been shared across the internet.
According to Heavy, Bell was sent Buncombe County Jail, where he was booked and released at 1AM the following day. He has no previous criminal record, but could face over 1.5 years in jail if convicted on all three charges.
Bell was forced to delete his social media and piano-teaching business profiles after the incident. He is due in court next month.
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