A 27-year-old man Fairbanks man reportedly bit off part of his friend's nose while they were drinking in a Goldstream Valley camper Tuesday morning.
Zachary Wolcott Atchley is charged with felony second-degree assault for the incident.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Fairbanks District Court, a man called 911 at 7:37 a.m. to report Atchley had just bitten off his nose and he would be waiting for help at the intersection of Sheep Creek Road and Miller Hill Road. An ambulance transported the man to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, and Alaska State Troopers interviewed him there.
Part of the man's left nostril and the tip of his nose were missing. He was visibly upset, with tears running down his cheeks and blood running from his nose and into his mouth. His hands had blood on them and the back of his forearms were red and bruised, according to the complaint.
The man told troopers he went to Atchley's Hay Way Road camper at about 3 a.m. to drink with him and another man. The three were drinking hard liquor and were all in the camper when Atchley came over and bit him. The man tried to leave to get medical help, but Atchley reportedly told him to shut up and sit down.
Atchley took the man's coat from him and wouldn't let him leave for about an hour. Atchley then became angry at the man and punched him approximately 10 times on the head and upper neck, according to the complaint. The man said he fell down and put his hands and arms over his head to protect himself.
Troopers contacted Atchley and the other man at the camper on Hay Way. Both men were confrontational, and Atchley initially denied any physical altercation. Atchley later admitted he argued with the man and he bit at his face to make him back up, according to the complaint.
Atchley had blood on his T-shirt and right knuckles. He registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.171, according to the complaint.
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