Man bites off woman's nose

6:39 PM, Jan 10, 2012   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A Grand Rapids man is facing charges for allegedly biting off a woman's nose Monday night. 

56-year old Stephen Medawis was charged Tuesday afternoon. It happened when he got into an arguement with an aquaintance, Polly Snyder, at a home on 5th Avenue. The top part of Snyder's nose was bitten off. She ran to a party store next door and called police.

According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, Medawis has a lengthy criminal record.  Starting in 1977, he was convicted of  armed robbery and then assault. Most recently, he was convicted of drinking and driving, resisting and obstructing a police officer, and fleeing from police. He was released from prison in May of 2010.

The most recent charge is called "mayhem" and it carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Because of his prior record, Medawis was also charged as an habitual offender. That brings the maximum penalty of up to life in prison.

It is unknown what the argument was about or how Snyder and Medawis knew each other. Snyder was treated and released from the hospital, and investigators say, at some point, she will have to have reconstructive surgery on her nose.

Medawis was also arraigned on two previous charges of disorderly panhandling back in November and December. He was given a $50,000 cash bond.

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