Raleigh police: Man tried to bite off girlfriend's tongue

07/29/2014 11:21 AM

07/30/2014 5:35 AM

A Chapel Hill man tried to bite off his girlfriend's tongue during a fight in Raleigh earlier this month, police charged Monday.

Luke Lazarus Marion IV, whose address was listed as 102 Isley St. in Chapel Hill, had been arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury on July 19, when police located him not far from where the fight happened late on July 18, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Monday, police added the felony charge of malicious maiming, which dates from a 1754 English law and is used “if any person shall, of malice aforethought, unlawfully cut out or disable the tongue or put out an eye of any other person....”

The seriousness of the woman’s injury was not clear Tuesday.

Marion was in custody at the Wake County Detention Center when police charged him Monday, and Magistrate M.L. Sweeney added $250,000 to his bail, making it a total of $390,000. Sweeney noted that Marion and the woman were boyfriend and girlfriend but had not been living together.

When they arrested him after the fight, police had charged him with resisting an officer and with interfering with emergency communications because, Sughrue said, he had smashed his girlfriend’s cell phone when she was calling for help.

He posted bail then, but was brought back to the detention center July 23 for violating conditions of his pretrial release, according to arrest records.

Marion has one conviction on his state record, for driving with a revoked license in 2006.

Currently, in addition to a first appearance Tuesday on the maiming charge, Mario has court dates in three counties next month.

On Aug. 4, he is due in Orange County District Court in Hillsborough on charges from Chapel Hill police of being drunk and disruptive and resisting an officer in downtown Chapel Hill on April 21; another resisting arrest charge from April 22, along with speeding and driving a car with canceled license plates that day; for missing an April court appearance and for driving while impaired, driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident, according to court records.

The next day, he has a Wake County court appearance scheduled for charges of fleeing to elude, driving with a revoked license and going the wrong way on a one-way street.

He also is due in Wake court on Aug. 11 on several traffic charges and resisting arrest and in New Hanover County Aug. 28 on charges from Wrightsville Beach police that he driving while impaired and driving with a revoked license.

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