What started as a casual conversation in a hot tub turned into a bloody brawl after a man allegedly bit a piece of his interlocutor's ear off during an argument over conspiracy theories in Utah.
Brian David Boyack, 43, has been charged with mayhem, domestic violence in the presence of a child, criminal mischief, and intoxication following a bizarre altercation at a Davis County, Utah home on New Year's Day.
The unnamed victim, while being treated in the hospital, said that a dialogue about "big banking and essentially conspiracy theories," escalated into a fight, according to a probable cause statement from North Salt Lake Police. The victim removed the allegedly inebriated Boyack from his home and locked him outside, at which point Boyack began throwing patio furniture and hitting the door. When the victim left the house to tell Boyack to stop, Boyack tackled him, held him down, and allegedly severed a "large chunk" of his ear with his teeth.
Boyack, who is from California, quickly fled from the scene in his truck as the victim bled. The victim's girlfriend was allegedly injured during the altercation as well, although the nature and extent of her injuries is not clear.
“[Victim] stated that he had locked Boyack outside because he was ‘acting crazy’. [Victim] stated that he was also worried that [Boyack] would try and drive after he had been drinking,” a detective wrote in the probable cause statement, according to KUTV, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based news organization.
The victim clarified that Boyack had objected to his employment at a bank, according to Fox13 Salt Lake City.
Boyack could not be immediately located by law enforcement but ultimately turned himself in to police custody. He allegedly told officers that he had "done something horrible" but would not elaborate.
The victim told police that his ear could not be repaired at the time and that he would need reconstructive surgery, according to ABC4 of Salt Lake City.
[Photo: Davis County Jail]
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