An Anne Arundel County police officer is facing assault changers after biting a man’s testicles while the two fought over a woman during a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
WBALTV reported that charging documents stated that a man told police that he was assaulted by two men around 11:47 p.m. on Tuesday. He told Baltimore City police officers that one of the men bit his testicles during the fight in an alley behind the Looney’s Pub.
A woman told responding officers that she had witnessed the fight and gave them a description of the attacker. She stated he was wearing a blue and white shirt with cargo shorts. The woman told the officers that “the bitee got the better of him in a fist fight. After we broke them up, he disclosed he’d been bitten in the testicles.”
Thomas Bourne, one of the people who attempted to break up the fight, said, “He was upset, it took him a long time to calm down. He indicated he needed medical assistance. He was bleeding in his groin area after what happened.”
Meanwhile, the woman told police she had seen the attacker go into Claddaugh Pub. Officers went to the location and found Michael Flaig, who was drunk and had blood stains on his shirt.
According to WBALTV, Flaig identified himself to police as an Anne Arundel County police officer as if in defense of himself after he was identified as one of the attackers. Unknown to Flaig, responding officers had identified Flaig and another man as the men who attacked the victim after the victim became irate when Flaig for touching his female roommate.
The day after the incident, 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 statement went on, saying, “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 Police Chief 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.”
At this time, police stated they have been unable to find the second man involved in the attack.