WAYNESBORO, Va. – Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson famously bit off a portion of the ear of Evander Holyfield during a title fight in 1997. It became known as “The Bite Fight.” Tyson was disqualified from the match and temporarily lost his license to fight.
Robert Mitchell Martin, 22, would have been a toddler at the time, but according to the Waynesboro Police Department, he has taken a page out of Tyson’s playbook. He was arrested for allegedly biting part of a police officer’s ear during a violent struggle Wednesday night.
The incident began about 10:50 p.m. A Waynesboro police officer stopped a car containing three occupants. A second unit arrived to assist reported WHSV.
During the detention, Martin fled on foot and two officers gave chase. Once he was caught, a violent encounter occurred, resulting in a bite to the officer’s ear.
Martin was finally taken into custody and eventually booked at the Middle River Regional Jail on three felony and two misdemeanor charges.
The Waynesboro First Aid Crew took the unidentified officer to Augusta Health where he was treated and released for the injury to his ear. The severity of the injury was undisclosed.