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UPDATE: Ear Biting Suspect Says He Was Trying To Stop Bar Fight

By: April Davis/ Kelsie Smith
By: April Davis/ Kelsie Smith

The man accused of biting off part of another man's ear went before a Carteret County judge and later told WITN that he was only trying to stop a bar fight.

Ryan Baker was let out of jail on a $5,000 bond after being charged with felony maiming. Police believe he's the one who bit off part of Mark Thomas' ear during a fight outside of the Redneck Saloon early Sunday.

Baker told WITN that he was trying to break up a fight and he started to get attacked and kicked. He says the only way to get the people to stop beating him was to bite Thomas' ear. Baker says he and Thomas do not know each other.

Baker's next court appearance is May 18th.


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A man has been arrested after Newport Police say he bit off part of another man's ear during a fight outside a bar this weekend.

33 year old Ryan Baker of Morehead City is charged with felony maiming for the assault April 15th outside Redneck Saloon in Newport in Carteret County. Police say the 31 year old victim, Mark Thomas had part of his left ear bitten off and officers found him bleeding in the parking lot of the bar when they responded to a report of a fight involving several people. Baker's bond was set at $5,000 and has a court appearance Wednesday.

Police say there could be more charges for people involved in the fight.

Newport Police and NC Alcohol Law Enforcement agents plan to meet with management and the owner of Redneck Saloon Wednesday to address concerns about fighting and loud music at the bar. Police say they have been called out 20 times since the bar opened last summer.

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Newport Police say a man had part of his ear bitten off during a fight that left several people bloodied.

Police say they responded to a large fight in progress early Sunday morning at The Redneck Saloon and found several people fighting in the front parking lot. Officers say several men were bleeding and one had a piece of his left ear bitten off. The victim was transported to Carteret General Hospital.

Police interviewed numerous witnesses at the bar, and in the parking lot but say many stories were conflicting.

Police recently notified the owner and management of Redneck Saloon of security and safety concerns, as well as the numerous loud noise complaints from the community, due to live bands and loud music coming from the establishment. Since July of 2011 Newport Police have responded to the Redneck Saloon more than 20 times for various incidents.


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