A 54-year-old New Jersey woman suffered a broken leg after being thrown to the ground in a Staples by another client who had been told she was wearing a mask, authorities said.
Police have released a surveillance video of the incident that occurred around 3:19 p.m. Wednesday at a Staples in Hackensack.
Teaneck’s Margot Kagan told police she was using a fax machine at the store when a woman with a mask pulled under her mouth approached a machine next door. Kagan, who according to police had a liver transplant four months ago and was walking with a cane, told the woman to put on the mask.
“The suspect got angry and yelled at the victim, who grabbed the walking stick and aimed it directly at the suspect, who was inches from the suspect̵7;s chest,” said Captain Darrin DeWitt, a detective in the department. of Hackensack Police.
The woman then called Kagan, threw her violently to the ground and walked out of the store, DeWitt said.
Kagan was taken to a hospital where she was diagnosed with a fractured left tibia, according to DeWitt.
Gov. Phil Murphy has said all residents must wear caps facing the stores.
Police are trying to identify the suspect.
Kagan did not immediately respond to a voicemail message and several calls seeking comment Friday.