November 14, 2013

Man accused of Lewiston nose-biting pleads not guilty

Todd Lyons, 33, is accused of biting the nose of a Greene man who was dancing with friends at a bar.

The Associated Press

AUBURN — A former Maine man charged with nearly biting off the nose of a stranger dancing at a Lewiston bar has been held on $10,000 bail.

Todd Lyons, formerly of Mechanic Falls, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court to assault.

The Sun Journal reports that prosecutors say the 33-year-old Lyons bit the nose of Ryan Zinninger of Greene in November 2011 while Zinninger was dancing with friends.

Police say the tip of Zinninger’s nose was bitten almost completely off. He was taken to a hospital where he received 12 stitches.

The men didn’t know each other.

Authorities located Lyons in Mississippi recently, working at a carnival.

His attorney argued for lower bail, saying her client did not know there was a warrant out for his arrest.

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