Skip to main Content
Crime & Courts

Would-be bike thief loses part of nose in fight with victim, police say

  • Author: Laurel Andrews
  • Updated: August 9, 2018
  • Published August 8, 2018

A man bit off a "large chunk" of a suspect's nose during a fight early Wednesday after the man tried to steal a bicycle off a motor home, Anchorage police said.

Officers were called to the 1900 block of East Fourth Avenue, near Merrill Field, at 5:11 a.m. for a report of an assault, the agency said in a dispatch.

Police said a man and his wife were asleep in their motor home "when they woke up to the sound of someone on the roof."

The man walked outside to find a suspect, identified by police as 38-year-old Robert Moses Leroy Russell, on top of the motor home. Russell was trying to steal a bike off a bike rack, police said.

The man confronted Russell and a fight ensued. Russell punched the bike owner and "stabbed him with a small pointed instrument," police said.

"During the altercation, (Russell) bit the victim on the arm. The victim then leaned down and bit (Russell) on the face, removing a large chunk of his nose," police say.

The victim had puncture wounds to his legs and chest and several scratches. Both the victim and Russell were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

A warrant was issued for Russell's arrest and will be served once he's been treated for facial injuries and is cleared for release, said police spokeswoman Kendra Doshier.

Local news matters.

Support independent, local journalism in Alaska.