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Man bit off brother’s earlobe before police dog bit him, charges say

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Feb. 26, 2020 at 3:01 p.m.

WEST VALLEY CITY — Criminal charges were filed Wednesday against a West Valley man who police say bit off his brother’s earlobe.

Dennis Arthur Moore, 32, is charged in 3rd District Court with causing mayhem and two counts of assault on a police officer, second-degree felonies; criminal mischief, failing to stop for police and three counts of domestic violence in front of a child, third-degree felonies; assault, a class A misdemeanor; and interfering with an arrest, a class B misdemeanor.

On Feb. 21, West Valley police were called to investigate a domestic violence situation. Moore’s brother told investigators that Moore, who “had been using cocaine and drinking heavily, became angry and punched him in the face. The defendant grabbed (his brother’s) shoulders, pulled him close to him and bit off (his brother’s) earlobe,” according to charging documents.

Moore continued to punch his brother, who was eventually able to leave the room, the charges state. Moore followed and allegedly punched his brother in the face again before the brother was able to get out of the house.

Police later found the brother’s earlobe on the floor where the fight occurred.

Detectives first went to the hospital to talk with the brother. When they went to the house where the assault allegedly occurred, officers were standing at the door when Moore pulled into the driveway.

Despite commands to take his keys out of the ignition, Moore “revved his engine and accelerated towards two police officers” who had to “jump out of the way to avoid being struck by the vehicle,” according to charging documents.

Moore then put his car and reverse and sped away, but crashed into a tree a short time later, the charges state. Police say Moore then ran from his wrecked car but was captured with the assistance of a police K-9 that bit him.

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