A 54-year-old New Jersey resident suffered a broken leg after she was thrown to the ground in Staples by another client who was told she was wearing a mask, authorities said.
Police released surveillance footage from the 3.19pm crash on Wednesday at Staples in Backyard.
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 according to police, had a liver transplant four months ago and was walking with a cane, told the woman to put on her mask.
“The suspect was angry and yelled at the victim, who grabbed the walking cane and pointed it directly at the suspect, who reached into the suspect̵7;s chest inch,” said Captain Darrin DeWitt, detective at the Hackensack Police Department.
The woman then yelled at Kagan, threw her violently to the floor and left the store, DeWitt said.
Kagan was taken to a hospital where she was diagnosed with a left tibia fracture, according to DeWitt.
Government Phil Murphy said all residents must wear surface coatings in stores.
Police are looking to identify the suspect.
Kagan did not immediately respond to an email and multiple calls seeking comment on Friday.