Prosecutor: Vashon Island man bit off friend's ear

SEATTLE -- A Vashon Island man accused of biting off part of another man's ear during a fight now faces assault charges.

King County prosecutors say Benjamin Munday chomped on a friend's ear during a July 6 fight. A responding sheriff's deputy told the court the purported victim was missing a "large chunk" of his right ear.

According to charging papers, Munday, a construction worker, was working on his friend's Cove Walk Southwest home when an altercation ensued.

Munday wanted to call it a day, apparently, while his friend wanted to keep working. For reasons unclear, that disagreement devolved into a fight.

The men wound up fight in the front yard of the house. According to charging papers, Munday bit through the man's ear lobe during the fracas.

King County sheriff's deputies and medical personnel arrived to find Munday bloodied and the other man missing part of his lobe. Munday is alleged to have admitted to fighting his friend; it is not clear in charging papers whether the other man's earlobe was recovered or repaired.

Munday was booked into King County Jail shortly after midnight on July 7. He remains jailed on $10,000 bail and has been charged with third-degree assault.