Man's nose bitten nearly off on Lewiston dance floor

LEWISTON — A Greene man was recovering Wednesday from an incident that nearly cost him his nose, police said.

Ryan Zinninger, 29, was dancing at Pub 33, a bar on Sabattus Street, at around 12:30 a.m. when a stranger came up and bit his nose, police said.

Zinninger was taken to Central Maine Medical Center where a doctor sewed his nose into place with 12 stitches, police said. He was later released from the hospital, a nursing supervisor said.

Zinninger might lose the tip of his nose, depending on how successfully it heals, the doctor said.

Witnesses at the bar, which counts Tuesday nights among its busiest, thanks to cheap drink specials, said Zinninger and the suspect had an altercation.

But the attack seemed random, a bartender said, and Zinninger was bitten before a bouncer could reach the pair, whom he noticed talking on the pub's small dance floor.

According to a police report, Zinninger was dancing with some people when a stranger "leaned into him and bit him on the face."

"I've worked here for six years and I've never seen anything like that happen," said bartender Amanda Bosse. "Who really does that?"

Police are hoping to secure a warrant to arrest the suspect on a charge of aggravated assault.

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just another night at the pub

What DOESN'T happen at that bar??

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The parrot wonders if the

The parrot wonders if the biter may have bitten off more than he could chew.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Man's nose bitten nearly off on Lewiston dance floor

"I've worked here for six years and I've never seen anything like that happen," said bartender Amanda Bosse. "Who really does that?"
A ; Mike Tyson or people high on ice , crystal meth , hillbilly heroin , cocaine , crank , H , drunk or on other drugs
That's who ?
h t h /s, Dr. Dosh 11.02.11

KRIS KUCERA's picture

No laughing matter.

I had a fraternity brother who had part of his nose bitten off by a German shepherd and it cost him 90 grand and years of plastic surgery to get to looking back to normal.

What person bites people? Crazy times are these.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Who paid?

Who paid?

KRIS KUCERA's picture

Had to sue.

Yeah, he was forced to sue his good friend's grandfather, who the dog belonged to. A long story, but my friend was asked to get to know the dog, he bent down to pet him, and the dog just lunged and chomped off his left nostril off. A bad scene, for sure.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture about a life about a life altering event. Unless it'll fit in woman's purse, I consider any dog to be a potential threat, given the right circumstances.

KRIS KUCERA's picture

The parrot sees all.

Yes, it was -- he literally found Jesus during the whole ordeal. Now he's born again. (Of course, why be born again when you can just grow up?)

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Growing up shows up in many

Growing up shows up in many forms. The important thing is that finding Jesus may helped to get him through his painful ordeal.

Roger  Cyr's picture

nose ear

mike tyson bit off an ear


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