A 45-year-old Florida man was arrested Thursday after biting part of a man’s ear off during an altercation at a Stock Island hotel, while on vacation with friends.
According to police, James Lenn Williams was charged with aggravated battery, battery by strangulation, and two additional counts of battery.
There were no life-threatening injuries reported, according to police.
Monroe County Sheriff Deputy Nicholas Galbo responded to the Oceans Edge Resort & Marina at 2:34 a.m. regarding a battery. He met a male victim and two female victims.
The 28-year-old male victim was being treated by paramedics.
Part of his ear was missing and still bleeding.
The male victim told deputies that everyone involved were friends and on vacation. One female in the group passed out and Williams placed her in a maintenance wheel barrel and was pushing her back to a hotel room.
Williams was dumping beer on her and insulting her.
The male victim intervened and told Williams he was being disrespectful. Williams became combative toward the male victim. The male victim and two females with him attempted to calm Williams down.
Williams then shoved one of the women to the ground.
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The male victim intervened again and the other female victim got between the two men.
Deputies say that Williams pushed her to the ground as well and then pushed the male victim to the ground and began choking him.
The male victim stated that Williams bit part of his ear off while others were trying to separate them.
Eventually, the men were separated and Williams left on foot.
The two female victims and other witnesses corroborated the male victim’s version of events.
Additional Deputies and a Key West Police K9 Unit arrived to help locate Williams, where he was found on the property shortly thereafter near the hotel rooms.
Williams declined to speak to deputies and was taken to jail.
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