Police say suspect bit woman’s ear, bashed in door with wheelchair
A Council Bluffs man is charged with burglary after he allegedly used his motorized wheelchair to break in the door of a woman’s apartment and, at some point, bit her ear.
Matthew Hats, 23, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
According to the Council Bluffs Police Department, officers responded to the scene of the Sherwood Forest Apartments at 4 a.m. on Sunday.
At the complex, police found Hays in a motorized wheelchair, which was wedged in the front door jam of the apartment. Hays was bleeding and yelling, “Let’s all go to jail,” police said.
Police spoke with the alleged victim, a woman who said she was at Hays’ apartment to celebrate her birthday. The woman said that, at some point, they began to argue, so she went her sisters’ apartment.
About 30 minutes later, Hays came to her door, yelling for her.
The woman told Hays to leave, but Hays began to ram his wheelchair into the door, eventually breaking the frame and getting inside, she said.
Hays refused to leave, she told police, so she began to strike him with a baton. At some point, she was bitten by Hays on the ear, but she wasn’t sure when it happened.
Hays told police they indeed had been celebrating the woman’s birthday and Easter. He said he did bite the woman’s ear, telling officers, “I Mike Tysoned her,” according to the report.
In 1997, heavyweight boxers Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield’s highly anticipated match ended in disqualification when Tyson bit off part of Holyfield’s ear.
After the argument, the woman left and Hays said he went outside and returned to find his apartment door locked. He thought the woman may have had his keys, and went to her apartment to retrieve them, he said. He said he got upset and began to push on her door until it opened, police reported.
According to another witness, Hays threatened to get a baseball bat while ramming the woman’s door.
Hays was arrested by police. Both he and the woman were checked by a medic for their injuries. Hays is currently being held on $10,000 bond at the Pottawattamie County Jail.