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Woman punched in face in downtown San Diego attack details incident

Posted at 5:19 AM, Mar 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-08 08:45:41-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A woman punched in the face during a downtown San Diego altercation caught on camera told 10News that despite what happened, she would do it all over again.

Jessica Cox is recovering from the March 4 ordeal, but she’s still in shock.

“I'm sore and I have a headache. For three days, I’ve had a headache, but other than that, I’m going to make it,” Cox said.

Cox told 10News she was walking home from dinner on Monday night in the Gaslamp Quarter, near the intersection of Sixth Avenue and E Street, when she suddenly found herself in the middle of a situation that was quickly escalating.

“It was a lot. I was definitely shocked the first time I saw the video; I definitely could not sit through it,” said Cox.

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Cox said what was not seen in the video is why she got involved in the first place. She said a man had turned his attention from yelling at his girlfriend to a nearby elderly woman.

“I just wanted to make sure he knew I was calling 911 and that he can't touch women and he can't hit women and that he needed to be gone and he's upsetting everybody,” Cox said. “At that point, that’s when you see on camera that he interacts with me and he says, ‘Well, I won't hit her, I’ll hit you.’”

San Diego police officers showed up soon after, but the man suspected of punching Cox got away. The man’s girlfriend remained at the scene, but she was apparently uncooperative with investigators.

According to Cox, the man -- whose identity remains unknown -- may only end up facing a misdemeanor charge.

“What I was told is because he was not arrested on scene that this makes it more difficult, and because no injury occurred other than the bruising, that this is going to be difficult to arrest for,” said Cox.

Despite the outcome, Cox said she would still speak up.

“I would hope that other people, no matter what happens to you, I would hope that you could put another life first,” Cox told 10News.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact San Diego police.