Man Bites Chunk Off Person's Ear Following Hot Tub Argument Over Conspiracy Theories, Police Say

A California man was arrested in Utah on Tuesday after he allegedly bit a "large chunk" of a man's ear off during an argument about conspiracy theories.

Bryan David Boyack, 43, was accused of assaulting a victim after a conversation about big corporations and conspiracy theories while the two were in a hot tub, KSTU reported. The alleged victim contacted authorities and claimed Boyack had bitten off a "large chunk" of his ear, according to an affidavit of probable cause released in Utah's 2nd District Court.

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Bryan David Boyack, 43, was arrested on January 1, after he allegedly bit off a piece of another man's ear. He was being held at Davis County Jail. David County Jail

According to the affidavit, the victim said that Boyack took issue with the fact that he worked for a big banking business and that it triggered an "extremely heated" argument. The victim locked Boyack out of his home, prompting Boyack to pick up patio furniture and start hitting the front of the house.

When the victim went out of the house and told Boyack to stop damaging the home, he was attacked, the affidavit said. Boyack allegedly held the victim to the ground a bit off a piece of his ear. Boyack then got into his truck and drove away.

Boyack contacted investigators and later turned himself in, KSTU reported. The 43-year-old was arrested by the North Salt Lake Police Department on Tuesday, according to jail records.

Boyack was booked into Davis County Jail on one count of second-degree felony mayhem, three counts of third-degree felony domestic violence in the presence of a child, one count of class-B misdemeanor criminal mischief and one count of class-C misdemeanor intoxication. He was being held on $150,000 bail.

According to Utah law, a person convicted of mayhem may be punished with a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in prison and/or fines of up to $20,000. Meanwhile, a person convicted of domestic violence in the presence of a child can face up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine up to $5,000.

Anyone convicted of misdemeanor criminal mischief can face up to 6 months in jail and fines up to $1,000. A person found guilty of misdemeanor intoxication could face up to 90 days in jail and up to a $750 fine.

Boyack remained in jail as of Wednesday afternoon, jail records showed.

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