Mask dispute leaves Staples customer with broken leg after woman throws him to the ground


A 54-year-old New Jersey woman sustained a broken leg after being thrown to the ground in a Staples by another customer she was told to wear a mask, authorities said.

Police released surveillance footage of the incident which occurred around 3:19 p.m. on Wednesday at a wholesale office in Hackensack.

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Margot Kagan, of Teaneck, told police she was using a fax machine at the store when a woman with a mask pulled down under her mouth approached a machine next to her. Kagan, who police say had a liver transplant four months ago and walked with a cane, told the woman to put on her mask.

“The suspect got angry and yelled at the victim, who picked up his cane and pointed it directly at the suspect, inches from the suspect’s chest,” said Detective Captain Darrin DeWitt from the Hackensack Police Department.

The woman then yelled at Kagan, threw her violently to the ground and left the store, DeWitt said.

Kagan was taken to hospital where she was diagnosed with a fractured left tibia, according to DeWitt.

Gov. Phil Murphy said all residents are required to wear face masks in stores.

Police are trying to identify the suspect.

Kagan did not immediately respond to a voicemail message and multiple calls for comment on Friday.


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