Skin missing from officer's arm after man bites him in courtroom

Judge sets bond for Godel Leveille after suspect skips court twice

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor , Liane Morejon - Reporter

MIAMI - A Miami-Dade police officer was bitten so severely during an attack in a Miami courtroom that there was skin missing from his arm, the police chief told Local 10 News.

"Nobody deserves to be hurt in the manner that this officer was hurt," Miami-Dade Police Chief Juan Perez said Tuesday.

Godel Leveille, 29, was arrested Monday on charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct.

According to a police report, Leveille was asked to exit the jury box multiple times, but he refused. Police said Leveille then punched an officer in the head and bit another officer in the forearm.

Officer Anthony Pando was treated for that bite wound and taken to a hospital. His arm was wrapped in a bandage.

Leveille was heard grunting as he was removed from the courthouse. He was handcuffed and made to wear a mask to keep him from spitting.

The suspect twice refused to appear before a bond court judge Tuesday.

"OK, you know what, why not shackle him and bring him over?" Judge Mindy Glazer asked in court.

After the second time, she waived Leveille's appearance and set his bond at $45,000.

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