A Manchester, N.H., man is facing assault charges after allegedly biting off part of a bouncer’s finger during a violent altercation inside a local bar Wednesday night, police said.
In a statement, Manchester police identified the suspect as Gregory Geneus, 37, who allegedly began wreaking havoc at McGarvey’s on Elm Street around 9:40 p.m. when the bouncer tried to show him the door.
Geneus, police said, did not leave the watering hole quietly.
“Geneus allegedly struck the bouncer with a closed fist on more than one occasion, so the victim attempted to place him in a ‘bear hug’ as Geneus allegedly bit off a portion of the victim’s finger,” the statement said. “The severed finger was located inside of the bar. The victim was taken to a local hospital in an attempt to reattach the missing portion of his finger as Geneus was placed into custody.”
He was charged with second-degree assault, simple assault, criminal trespass, and violating bail conditions imposed in a prior case, officials said.
It wasn’t known if Geneus had hired a lawyer in the bite matter.
The incident was a marked contrast to the typical McGarvey’s atmosphere described on its website, which bills the establishment as “Elm Street’s longest running bar for a reason.”
“McGarvey’s was intended to be a place where people can sit down and have a drink in good company,” the site says. “The iconic sign, visible from Elm Street, has become a staple for bar patrons in downtown Manchester. Come enjoy yourself in our comfortable atmosphere.”
The site continues, “Providing some of the best night life atmosphere in all of Manchester! Manchester’s neighborhood bar, you’ll feel right at home with our friendly staff and patrons.”