The Latest: Mall Easter bunny, father charged in scuffle

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Posted: Mar 21, 2016 5:31 PM

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a New Jersey mall brawl involving the Easter bunny (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

A mall Easter bunny and a father who got into a scuffle in New Jersey have both been charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.

Jersey City police announced the charges Monday, one day after videos of the brawl were posted on social media.

Authorities say 44-year-old Juan Jimenez-Guerrero verbally and physically attacked 22-year-old Kassim Charles, who was playing the role of the Easter bunny. That came after Jimenez-Guerrero's year-old child slipped from a chair while getting her photo taken.

Both men were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. They were being held in the county jail, and it wasn't known if either man has retained an attorney.

Authorities say both men also had outstanding warrants.

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9:20 a.m.

The Easter bunny has been involved in a mall brawl.

Police say a mall Easter bunny and a father got into a scuffle after the man's child slipped from a chair while getting her photo taken.

The video posted on Twitter on Sunday evening shows a chaotic scene at the Newport Centre in Jersey City, New Jersey, near an area set up to take photos with the Easter bunny. It shows the man in the bunny costume exchanging punches twice.

City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill says the father of the 1-year-old verbally and physically attacked the 22-year-old who was playing the role of Easter bunny after the girl slipped. Morrill says both men were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

No charges have been filed as police investigate.