Woman’s Finger Nearly Bitten Off in Philadelphia Mall Parking Lot Attack

Police in Cherry Hill are searching for a woman they say almost bit off another women's finger Saturday during an argument over a parking spot at the mall.
Police in Cherry Hill are searching for a woman they say almost bit off another women’s finger Saturday during an argument over a parking spot at the mall.

Irate drivers fuming over stolen parking spots at suburban malls are known for giving the finger – but one woman is wanted by police in Cherry Hill for trying to bite one off.

Tonya Knight, 42, of Northeast Philly’s Lawndale section, was headed into the Cherry Hill Mall just before 5 p.m. Saturday to get a bite to eat when she pulled her Saturn Vue into an open spot in aisle 18 near Nordstrom. When she got out of the car, two women were cursing her out, she said, calling her names. One got up in her face, before the pushing started.

Somehow, Knight’s right index finger wound up in one woman’s mouth during the melee and it barely escaped.

“I can feel she’s biting down. She let me go and I looked at my finger and said, ‘Yo, what the f—? You bit my finger off,’ ” Knight said last night from her room at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. “She said, ‘That’s what you get for taking the parking spot, you bitch.’ ”

Knight, her finger hanging on by a thin strip of skin, followed the two women into Nordstrom after calling 9-1-1, eventually losing them as they made their way into the mall.

“There was a lot of blood. I feel bad for Nordstrom’s because it was all over the floor,” Knight said.

Lt. Amy Winters, of the Cherry Hill Police Department, said the department often responds to calls for parking disputes at the mall.

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SOURCE: JASON NARK
Philadelphia Daily News 

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