Police: Man Bites Off Doctor’s Finger

August 18th, 2009 by

Cape Coral, FL (The News Press) - Dr. Paul Arnold turned his back for a moment on a patient who was upset because the doctor wouldn’t write him a prescription.

That’s when the patient, Gregory S. Powell, 45, of Fort Myers, allegedly attacked Arnold, 65, biting off part of one of the doctor’s fingers.

“The doctor just turned his back on him for a moment to do something on the computer and he was viciously attacked,” said Sgt. Lisa Barnes, Cape Coral police spokeswoman.

Detectives have arrested Powell and charged him with aggravated battery on a person age 65 or older. That charge carries a maximum 30-year prison sentence.

The attack was reported by the doctor’s staff Wednesday morning at Arnold’s office on Cape Coral Parkway. Arnold, who has 29 years of experience, practices family and emergency medicine.

Officer Saturino Perez said that, when he arrived, paramedics already were treating Arnold, who was taken to Cape Coral Hospital’s emergency room and later released.

The doctor said that Powell became “upset about not receiving a prescription medication,” Barnes said.

Powell then “proceeded to bite Doctor Arnold several times, including a bite that actually removed a piece of a finger, including the finger nail,” Perez said.

Arnold did not return calls for comment.

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