Chunk of New Orleans Man’s Nose Bitten Off By Metairie Bar Patron
Y'all remember when Evander Holyfield got a chunk of his ear bitten off by Mike Tyson? Well, this story is kind of like that, but with a nose involved. And the guys weren't boxing, just drinking in a bar.
A New Orleans man is recovering after getting a chunk of his nose bitten off by another patron at a Metairie bar on May 8.
"It took me a second for it to sink in," said 34-year-old Bryan Thayer. "I was in shock."
Thayer had to have surgery to reattach the severed portion of his nose.
The incident happened just before 5:00 am on Saturday, May 8. Thayer, the owner of BJ's Patio Bar and Grill in Metairie, finished a shift at his business when he stopped by the City Bar in the 3500 block of Veterans Memorial Boulevard.
While he was at the bar, Thayer and a friend bought a drink for a patron later identified as 32-year-old Andrew Nierman of Harvey, according to the Sheriff's Office. The drink spilled onto Nierman's clothing, but Thayer said he and his friend got Nierman another one to defuse the situation.
Nierman walked away, but Thayer said he returned a few moments later and threatened him.
"He grabbed my head and took a chunk out of my nose," Thayer said.
Nierman then ran from the bar and got into a vehicle. Bleeding profusely, Thayer exited the bar with a few witnesses. They were able to get the attention of a nearby Sheriff's Office deputy who was able to quickly track down Nierman in his vehicle.
Once out of the car, Nierman told deputies, "I was just accosted by him, so I bit him in the face," according to a Sheriff's Office incident report.
Despite his claim, Nierman was arrested and booked on second-degree battery and resisting arrest charges by refusing to provide identification. He was released from the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna the next day on a $25,500 bond.
Thayer says he's taking his injury one day at a time but for now, it will prevent him from being able to work at his bar for some time. Thus, a GoFundMe account has been established in his name to help cover the costs of his medical care.