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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-26-03 11:42 AM
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Wedding Guest Bites Off Man's Finger
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Wedding Guest Bites Off Man's Finger
2 hours, 34 minutes ago

CORUNNA, Mich. - A wedding guest bit off part of a man's finger during a reception at a banquet hall, police said. Michael VanStrate, 31, was arraigned Monday on two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, one count of aggravated assault and one count of simple assault following the weekend incident.

The Owosso man also smeared cake on a 9-year-old boy and knocked out a 49-year-old woman, Corunna Police Sgt. Kevin Clark told The Flint Journal. VanStrate, an invited guest of the Owosso-area couple, "was causing altercations and arguments with other guests" at the Friday night reception, Clark said. "He was asked to leave a couple times, and he'd leave and come back in."

After witnesses said VanStrate, who is 6-foot-2 and weighs 260 pounds, smeared cake on the boy's face, Clark said "the father came to the son's rescue, struggling with the suspect, and he apparently had his finger bit off at that time." The bridegroom, 21, then intervened, Clark said. Police said VanStrate later elbowed the 49-year-old woman in the head during the scuffle, knocking her out temporarily.

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