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Texas man bites off officer's fingertip

The Associated Press

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Texas man who was resisting arrest bit one officer on the forearm and bit the fingertip off a second officer trying to help, police said Monday.

Lawrence Benavidez, 27, remained in the Nueces County Jail on Monday on $66,500 in bail. He faces charges of aggravated assault on a public servant, aggravated assault family violence, resisting arrest, making terroristic threats and attempting to take a weapon from an officer.

Officers say the incident began early Sunday during a response to a domestic disturbance call. Benavidez's 30-year-old girlfriend told police he had tried to run her over earlier while she was standing on the front steps of her house, Cmdr. David Torres told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on Monday.

While officers were there, Benavidez called his girlfriend, who handed the phone to an officer. Benavidez made death threats against the woman and the officers, police said.

Police persuaded Benavidez to return to the home, where he was arrested. Once in the back of a squad car, he tried to kick out a window, police said. When the officers tried to use pepper spray on him, Benavidez bit one of the officers on the arm and bit off the top quarter-inch of the other officer's ring finger, police say.

Doctors were unable to reattach the fingertip, Torres said.


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