Police: Man Missing Ear After Family Member Bit it Off

December 29, 2017 Updated: December 29, 2017

Police in Ukiah, California, received a domestic violence call on Christmas Eve and when they got to the scene, they found a man who was missing a chunk of his ear. The victim said a relative had bit it off during an argument that turned physical.

At a little before 6 p.m., officers with the Ukiah Police Department called an ambulance after finding the 35-year-old male, who they have not named, with fresh blood running down his face and a portion of his ear missing.

The man and 40-year-old Samuel Paul Galindo, who police say is a family member but did not specify how they’re related, had been drinking together and got into an argument over a “marijuana product,” a press release said.

Galindo reportedly became enraged and forced his relative to the ground, where he shoved his fingers into his eyes. During the struggle, Galindo reportedly told the victim over and over that he was going to kill him, and bit off a portion of his ear, which he later spit out.

The man was able to break free, but Galindo grabbed a cylindrical object that police did not identify and tried to punch the man with it. The man ran away with Galindo in pursuit, yelling at the man that he was going to kill him.

The man was able to evade Galindo by locking himself in a vehicle. Galindo reportedly punched the vehicle’s window and threatened again to kill the man.

Police arrested Galindo at the scene without incident and booked him into the county jail. He is charged with mayhem, assault with a dangerous weapon, criminal threats, and violating parole.

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