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Homeless man bites off finger of restaurant owner after being told to leave

By Mason White 2:55 PM March 24, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A homeless man was arrested on charges of aggravated mayhem after allegedly biting off the finger of a restaurant owner because he told him to leave, police in California said.

Venice Beach Police said that they arrested 31-year-old Jonathan Lemons, after biting off the finger of 72-year-old Clabe Hartley, the owner of Cow’s End Cafe.

According to the police investigation, the incident unfolded on Saturday morning, when the homeless man entered the restaurant and began harassing customers for cash.

When Lemons stole a customer’s drink, Hartley politely told him to leave. Lemons became extremely angry. He hit Hartley in the face several times before biting off his finger.

Several customers quickly came to Hartley’s aid and held Lemons down until police arrived. Hartley was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he received 40 stitches and underwent a skin graft procedure.