Cops call on public to help ID man accused of biting off bouncer’s finger after learning bar was closing

Authorities in New York are hoping tips from the public will help them identify a man accused of biting a bouncer’s finger off during an altercation at a bar in Queens last month.

According to Fox News, the incident occurred early on the morning of February 16 at the El California Sports Bar in the Jackson Heights community.

A prospective customer reportedly became irate when a security guard informed him that the establishment would soon be closing.

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He allegedly clamped down on the victim’s pinkie finger, severing the digit and requiring the security guard to undergo surgery to reattach it.

The suspect ran away from the scene, but the New York Police Department has published photos of a man matching his description taken from nearby surveillance cameras. He was last seen wearing a black jacket with a Japanese design on the back and black boots.

Officials described him as white or Hispanic with dark hair and a goatee. A NYPD Crime Stoppers tweet confirmed a reward of up to $2,500 is available for information leading to a conviction.

Tips related to this case can be left anonymously and anyone with relevant information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS.

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[Featured image: New York Police Department]