A man punched a woman in the face after she slapped him inside a Mountain View supermarket on Monday afternoon, police said. The confrontation allegedly stemmed from a dispute over the way the man parked his car.
The 56-year-old Sunnyvale woman told police that she was punched by a white man in his 30s at about 3 p.m. on Jan. 28 while the two were shopping inside the Lucky's supermarket at 715 E. El Camino Real, according to Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.
The incident allegedly began outside of the store. As both the woman and the man were preparing to enter the Lucky's, the woman criticized the way the man parked his car -- crooked and presumably taking up more than one space. "Do you really need to park like that?" the woman told police she asked the suspect.
Shortly thereafter, the two met again on an aisle inside the supermarket, Thompson said. It is unclear whether the one of them followed the other or the meeting was accidental. Whatever the case, the two began exchanging words, according to the police report.
According to the woman, the man made her feel threatened -- like he was "coming at her," Thompson said -- and she slapped him. That's when the man punched her in the mouth and fled.
There were no witnesses, Thompson said. Police are looking for the man, who reportedly stood about 6 feet tall and was of a medium build. He wore a dark sweater and dark pants at the time. Security footage may aide the police in their investigation.
At this point the woman is being considered the sole victim even though she admits to slapping the man, Thompson said.