A golfer has been charged with biting his competitor’s nose in a casino parking lot during an argument over their game, police said.
Suspect Mark Wells, 51, of Biloxi, Mississippi, initially fled the scene before turning himself in, Bay St Louis Police Chief Toby Schwartz said.
The nose was not found and the victim was taken to hospital, local television reported.
Officers responding to an assault complaint at the city’s Hollywood casino have arrived to find a man with a disfiguring facial injury.
“The investigation determined that the suspect, Mark Curtis Wells, bit the victim’s nose,” Schwartz said.
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Officers were told that Mr. Wells and the victim had been arguing all day over a golf match they had played earlier at the resort.
Mr. Wells was charged with criminal dismemberment.
He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of the charge, which state law defines as a “premeditated crime committed with intent to kill in which the suspect maims, disfigures, incapacitates or destroys the tongue, eyes, lips, nose, limbs or other part of the body”.