Illinois police have charged man with assault after they say he approached a 16-year-old girl he didn’t know, threw her to the ground, and then spanked her.
37-year-old Anthony Nugent approached the teen as she walked down the street on Wednesday afternoon while carrying a musical instrument in a black case.
He asked her what was in the case she was carrying. He became aggressive when she told him it was a musical instrument but refused to open the case so he could see it.
She tried ignoring him and continued walking, but Nugent allegedly continued to harass and badger the girl.
When the girl continued to ignore him, Nugent reportedly grabbed the teen by the neck and head then threw her to the ground.
The two got into a struggle during which Nugent ripped the teen’s shorts and used his hand to smack her ass several times.
Nugent fled the area on foot, but a passing motorist witnessed the incident and called 911.
Responding police arrested Nugent nearby and charged him with felony aggravated battery. Because he was in the possession of a little weed, they also charged him with possession of cannabis.
Police say the teen did not suffer any serious injuries, just some scrapes and abrasions.
“I imagine this was horrific for her,” said Police Commander Jason Leavitt. “She’s just a young girl.”
This isn’t Nugent’s first encounter with Park Ridge police police. Back in June, they charged Nugent with disorderly conduct after he entered a building and began pulling the fire alarms.