CHERRY HILL, N.J., March 10 (UPI) -- A woman who wanted to go shopping at the Cherry Hill Mall in New Jersey on Saturday almost lost her finger during a fight about a parking spot.
Police responded to the mall parking lot after getting a call about a parking dispute between two drivers. Apparently victim Tonya Knight-Joseph pulled into a spot that two other women had been eyeing.
"As soon as I got out of the car she started calling me all types of B-words," Knight-Joseph told ABC 6. "She got this close to my face, her nose touched my nose. She was yelling and screaming then she hit me in the face.
When she put up her hands to defend herself, Knight-Joseph’s finger suffered the consequences.
"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," Knight-Joseph said.
The 911 dispatchers advised Knight-Joseph not to follow the woman into the store.
"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,” said Lt. Amy Winters of the Cherry Hill Police. “This is an aggravated assault and it's something very serious. You're always concerned with bites, also with infections."
Knight-Joseph is waiting to find out if part of her finger will have to be amputated.