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Police search for driver who ‘chomped’ off woman’s finger over parking spot

A photo of the suspect

A photo of the suspect

Police in Cherrydale, New Jersey, have released the photo of a woman accused of getting a bit too physical in a confrontation Saturday over a parking spot. She is accused not only of assaulting her victim, but of biting her victim’s finger off. If you see the suspect, be sure to keep your extremities clear.

Police are investigating an altercation involving three woman over a parking spot on March 8, 2014, in the Cherrydale Nordstrom’s parking lot, Aisle 18. It was around 4:40 p.m., when according to victim Tonya Knight-Joseph, after having circled the lot several times, she saw someone pull out of a spot and took it. That’s when two women allegedly approached her loudly accusing her of taking their spot, ”She got this close to my face, her nose touched my nose. She was yelling and screaming then she hit me in the face,” said Night-Joseph.

In an effort to fend off her attacker she held her hands up to her face in a defensive posture, and suddenly felt teeth bite down hard on her 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.” At the insistence of the 911 operator, Knight-Joseph stopped following her alleged attacker, and waited for responders.

At the hospital doctors found that the suspect had not only basically severed the finger, but had also fractured the bone. Though they operated on the finger, it is still possible that part of it will have to be amputated.

Cherry Hill Police Lt. Amy Winters stated, ”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 concernedith bites, also with infections.”

Knight-Joseph was treated for tetanus and was tested for HIV.

The suspect is described as a black female, mid-30s, heavy set, with “bushy” hair. She may be operating a dark colored, older-model Audi sedan. At the time of the attack, she was with another woman and there may have been two teens in the back of the vehicle.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the Cherry Hill Police Department at (856) 488-7828.

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