Roommate to cops: ‘I bit his ear off’

The men were allegedly fighting over unpaid bills and an ex-girlfriend

Zachary Wayne Joiner, 24, shown in a jail booking photo (MCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A fight between two roommates ended when one of the men bit off a large portion of the other’s ear, police and prosecutors said.

Zachary Wayne Joiner, 24, is charged with one count of second-degree assault constituting domestic violence. He was arrested Sunday morning.

The man whose earlobe was bitten off has been identified as Jaram Leon King. According to court records, King and Joiner have been friend for nearly nine years and met in high school.

The two men were fighting over unpaid bills and an ex-girlfriend who they both slept with, according to court documents. Joiner told court staff he “does not feel he did anything wrong,” records show.

Joiner told police King, “got mad and grabbed his…arm and shirt,” according to court documents filed by Deputy District Attorney David M. Hannon.

By Joiner’s account, the two men continued to fight and rolled around on the ground. Joiner told police he felt King’s hand “reaching for his neck” so he put King in a bear-hug, an affidavit revealed.

Joiner then told police “I bit his ear off,” according to court documents.

When police arrived on scene, they noticed there was some pinkness to Joiner’s eye but officers “could not discern that from the alcohol” that Joiner admitted he had consumed, records show.

The officers also saw “one mark” on the side of Joiner’s neck, but the mark “appeared…to be similar to an abrasion and not consistent with marks associated with choking or pressure applied to the neck,” Hannon wrote.

King was not arrested.

Joiner made his first court appearance on Monday afternoon. He has been ordered not to have any contact with King.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 24.

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