Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Halifax Man Charged for Assaulting Distracted Texter, Police Say

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Halifax Man Charged for Assaulting Distracted Texter, Police Say

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Man charged for assaulting distracted texter: police

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HALIFAX - A Halifax man has been charged with assault after he became enraged by a fellow pedestrian distracted by her cellphone, police say.

Halifax Regional Police said the man punched the woman to the ground Friday afternoon after she almost bumped into him while she was texting.

A 40-year-old man was arrested shortly after and charged with assault. Police say the suspect and the woman do not know each other.

Cab driver Amer Abdo of Casino Taxi says he witnessed the incident while driving in the city's south end with passengers in his car.

"He came from behind her, grabbed her by the head, and then slammed her down," says Abdo. "After she got up, he slammed her again."

Abdo says he reversed his car to confront the man, who said nothing and walked away. …

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