An Anne Arundel County, Maryland police officer was charged with second-degree assault after he bit another man’s testicles in a fight on Cinco de Mayo, police said Wednesday.
Officials say Baltimore City police officers responded to calls about a fight at the 700 block of South Linwood and 2900 block of O’Donnell Street, around 11:47 p.m. Tuesday.
Police say they found a man who had been assaulted by two men, one of whom bit his testicles in the alley behind Looney’s Pub.
Police say a witness gave a description of the attacker who was wearing a blue and white polo shirt and cargo shorts that matched 31-year-old officer Michael Flaig.
The witness told police she waited at the front door of the Claddaugh Pub at 2918 O’Donnell St. for police arrive as she had seen the attacker walk in there.
Police say Flaig was found on the second floor of the bar with blood stains on his shirt and appeared intoxicated.
Flaig identified himself as an Anne Arundel County police officer but after he was fingered as one of the attackers, he was arrested and charged with assault and public intoxication.
Police say Flaig and another man jumped the victim because he had allegedly been inappropriate with Flaig’s 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.
The Baltimore Police Department says it is investigating the matter further. Flaig has been placed on paid administrative duty in Arundel County.
“These charges are disturbing and we have an obligation as police officers to conduct ourselves in a professional manner on and off-duty,” Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy J. Altomare said. “We will cooperate fully with the Baltimore Police Department as they conduct their investigation.”