Man accused of biting, bear hugging victim

Man accused of biting, bear hugging victim

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Police put the squeeze on a man who is accused of bear-hugging another man to the point of injury.

Court documents from Paragould stated officers were called to the 600-block of N. 2nd St. on July 29. Officers spoke with a 64-year-old man and 25-year-old Matthew Dortch.

The victim, who was lying on a bed complaining of rib pain, told police Dortch had squeezed him in a bear hug.

The man said he believed he might have had some broken ribs, according to the affidavit. Dortch had been living with the victim for "several years."

Officers noted blood on the man's hand. The victim said Dortch bit him.

The man was taken to a Paragould hospital for treatment.

Dortch faces second-degree domestic battering, a Class B felony.

A judge issued a cash-only bond of $10,000.

According to court documents, Dortch pleaded guilty to a felony domestic charge in January 2016.

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