Baltimore police: Cop bit man in testicles
Men were in a bar alley brawl
An Anne Arundel County police officer faces an assault charge after he bit another man's testicles in a fight over a woman on Cinco de Mayo, according to charging documents released by police Wednesday.
News station WBAL reports that Baltimore City police officers were called to an assault call around 11:47 p.m. Tuesday.
According to charging documents, a man told police he was assaulted by two men, one of whom bit his testicles in the alley behind Looney's Pub.
A woman approached the responding officers to tell them she witnessed the fight, according to charging documents. Police said she gave description of the attacker who was wearing a blue and white polo shirt and cargo shorts. She told the police she waited at the front door of the Claddaugh Pub for police to arrive as she had seen the attacker walk in there, according to charging documents.
"The (person who was bitten) actually got the better of him in the fist fight. After we broke them up is when he disclosed he'd been bitten in the testicles," witness Thomas Bourne said.
Bourne was one of a number of people who tried to break up the fight.
"He was upset, took him a long time to calm down. He indicated he needed medical assistance. He was bleeding in his area after what happened," Bourne said.
According to the charging documents, police said Michael Flaig, 31, was found on the second floor of the bar with blood stains on his shirt and appeared inebriated.
"Mr. Flaig had blood shot eyes, slurred words and a strong odor of (alcohol) coming from his person," charging documents stated.
Flaig identified himself as an Anne Arundel County police officer and after he was identified as one of the attackers, was placed under arrest, according to charging documents.
Police learned that Flaig and another man jumped the victim outside the bar after the victim confronted Flaig about his touching his friend and roommate -- a woman.
The victim told police that during the altercation, Flaig bit his testicle and ran off.
Police said they were unable to find the second man involved in the attack.
Flaig is being charged with second-degree assault and public intoxication.
Anne Arundel County police and Baltimore Police Department Internal Affairs were notified of the incident, according to charging documents.
On Wednesday afternoon, Anne Arundel County police released the following statement.
"On May 5, 2015, the Anne Arundel County Police Department was informed by investigators with the Baltimore Police Department that a member of our agency was arrested. We have learned that Corporal Michael Flaig, a 10-year veteran of the Anne Arundel County Police Department assigned to the Northern District, was arrested and charged with a second-degree assault and public intoxication after an altercation in the Canton area of Baltimore.
"The Baltimore Police Department is investigating this matter and any further inquiries as to the circumstances of this arrest should be directed to them. The officer's police powers have been suspended and he has been placed on paid administrative duties.
"These charges are disturbing and we have an obligation as police officers to conduct ourselves in a professional manner on and off-duty," said Anne Arundel County Chief of Police Timothy J. Altomare. "We will cooperate fully with the Baltimore Police Department as they conduct their investigation. At this time, we cannot comment further because for our agency, this is a confidential personnel matter."