Transient Sentenced for Biting Off Part of Venice Restaurant Owner’s Finger
A 31-year-old transient was sentenced Wednesday to two years in state prison for biting off the fingertip of a coffee shop owner in Venice.
Jonathan Shain Lemmons pleaded no contest to one count of mayhem before being sentenced, according to a news release from the the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The incident occurred March 21 outside the Cow’s End Cafe, when a group of customers complained about a man who they said had been harassing them for money, according to business owner Clabe Hartley.
When Hartley asked the man to leave, the transient began punching and scratching him, said Lt. Lydia Leo of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Two or three patrons joined the scuffle, in an attempt to help Hartley, Leo said. The fight continued on the ground, and at some point the suspect bit the restaurant owner’s finger, witnesses told police.
“I was bleeding like an open faucet. There was blood all over out there,” Hartley told KTLA after the attack. “I could see the openness (of the finger). It was missing a piece.”