Coronavirus News: Woman assaulted in New Jersey Staples in dispute over face mask

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A 54-year-old woman who recently had a liver transplant was assaulted inside a New Jersey Staples store after asking the assailant to wear a mask, and the harrowing incident was ca

NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- A 54-year-old woman who recently had a liver transplant was assaulted inside a New Jersey Staples store after asking the assailant to wear a mask, and the harrowing incident was caught on surveillance video.

It happened just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the location on Hackensack Avenue in Hackensack.

Police say the victim was using the fax/copy machine when the when another woman approached to use a nearby machine with her own mask pulled below her mouth.

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The victim told her to wear her mask, and the suspect became angry and started yelling.

Raw video of attack:

She approached the victim, who raised her cain and pointed it directly at the suspect, coming within inches of her chest.

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The suspect then grabbed the victim, violently threw her to the ground, and left the store.

The victim was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center with a broken leg.

No arrests have been made

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Hackensack police are asking anyone with information or who may be able to identify the attacker to contact CrimeStoppers at 844-466-6789.

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