Sunday, June 24, 2018
Public safety

St. Petersburg police say man bit off rival's ear during fight

ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested a man they said bit off another man's ear during a bar fight.

Norman Seibert, 48, was arrested on an aggravated battery charge. Police said he got into an argument about 7 p.m. Monday with Dale Murphy, 42, of St. Petersburg, at the Stone Soup Cafe, 4122 16th St. N.

Murphy became upset after Seibert tried to buy a drink for a woman he knew. As the two began to fight, Seibert bit off the tip of Murphy's right ear, police spokesman Mike Puetz said.

A restaurant employee found the flesh later.

"It was taken to the hospital and given to the victim," said Puetz, who was unsure whether doctors were able to reattach the ear tip.

Seibert was being held in the Pinellas County Jail Tuesday on $10,000 bail.

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