Police are searching for a mom who allegedly grabbed an 81-year-old woman by the hair and dragged her to the ground following a verbal altercation outside a movie theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
The elderly woman, who prefers to go unnamed, told NBC New York that she was waiting outside the AMC 84th Street 6 theater to buy a ticket for the movie Dumbo when a mom and her two children seemed to cut the line. Though the woman didn’t know whether or not the rude move was intentional, she did want to speak up about it.
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“I went like this,” the woman said as she motioned with one finger to demonstrate how she touched one of the children. “Just the gentlest touch. I just went like that to her daughter.” The woman says that’s all it took for the mom to become belligerent.
“Well, she just opened up her mouth,” the woman said. “She became so violent. I was just, like, shocked.”
She said she tried to apologize to the mom, but that only seemed to provoke her further. Eventually, the younger woman resorted to physical violence.
The woman said she felt someone come behind her and grab her by the hair. “I just felt this dragging of my hair, and I felt myself go down and crash,” the woman told NBC New York. She allegedly fell backwards, hitting her head. She was soon taken to the hospital, where she was treated for dizziness, pain and swelling, according to a police report sent to Yahoo Lifestyle.
“They X-rayed the thing and they said, thank goodness, there was no bleeding,” the woman said. Doctors told her she was very lucky she didn’t sustain a concussion.
The mom and her children fled the theater, but police were able to capture her on surveillance video wearing a red shirt, black leggings and red sneakers, with a fanny pack around her waist.
“The individual is described as a female, Hispanic, long dark hair, mid 30′,” according to the police report.
The NYPD encourages anyone with information on the assault to contact its Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or, for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Alternatively, you can visit the Crime Stoppers website or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. The NYPD vows to keep all calls and tips confidential.
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