Bell’s attorney now says he was only defending himself and suffers from PTSD. “His actions were in an effort to defend himself against the perceived threat from a large pack of youth who had trapped and surrounded him,” attorney Andy Banzhoff told The Asheville Citizen-Times. According to the attorney, as Bell was leaving the mall, he saw a woman being harassed by a “large pack of youths,” and he intervened. Allegedly, Bell was then pushed by one of the pre-teens and retaliated.
TW: Child abuse— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) January 13, 2019
This is David Steven Bell in Asheville, NC brutally beating young black girls.😓
He has been arrested & charged with assault. This coward deserves to be put away for a long, long time. Barbaric.pic.twitter.com/k0OqZc7ueG
“She then got to her feet and aggressively charged in the direction of Mr. Bell,” Banzhoff said. “As she entered Mr. Bell’s personal space, he struck her with his closed fist.” Bell was arrested and charged with assaulting a child under 12 and two counts of assault on a female.