A Chicago man remains hospitalized after a man bit off a chunk of his nose during a bar fight early Sunday in La Crosse, according to police reports.
Jesse Stringer, 29, failed to identify his attacker and needed emergency surgery after the brawl at the Old Style Inn, 828 S. Fifth Ave., which involved 10 people fighting with pool cues and chairs, according to La Crosse police reports.
Police discovered a blood-soaked floor, overturned bar stools and a piece of flesh inside the tavern, and Stringer bleeding heavily from his face. He lied to police about his name and did not want charges filed in the assault.
An ambulance took Stringer to Gundersen Health System about 12:20 a.m., although he left the hospital for his girlfriend’s house. Still bleeding, he retreated inside the house when police arrived, slammed a door on an officer’s hand and locked himself inside a bathroom until police coaxed him out, according to reports.
Back at the hospital, Stringer said a bar patron punched him in the head before he slammed the man to the ground and lay on him, according to reports. The man then bit Stringer’s nose and fingers when Stringer pried the man’s mouth open.
Stringer was released to the jail Sunday afternoon and returned to the hospital when a jail nurse said the facility couldn’t care for his injuries. He faces charges of obstructing and resisting officers and disorderly conduct when he returns to jail and appears in court. A probation warrant also was issued for Stringer because he left the state of Illinois.
One witness said Stringer and Edward Williams, 40, of La Crosse were involved in the fight, according to reports. He’s jailed for disorderly conduct and two warrants.