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A 31-year-old man suspected of biting off the fingertip of a Venice café owner was behind bars Sunday.

Jonathan Lemons was arrested shortly after the attack about 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Cow’s End Café, 34 W. Washington Blvd., said Lt. Joseph Sanchez of the Los Angeles Police Department‘s Pacific Station.

Lemons was transported to the 77th Street Station after booking to be held at a station with a medical dispensary, Sanchez said.

Owner Clabe Hartley, 72, told reporters that the suspect said, “I’ll kill you,” when Hartley tried to stop him from harassing customers.

Hartley said the man, described as a transient, then came at him.

The suspect spit out the fingertip, which could not be reattached.

Cafe patrons helped stop the attack and police arrested him nearby.

He was booked on suspicion of aggravated mayhem, a felony, police said.

City News Service

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