Police: Local Man Bit Mother In The Face, Nearly Severed Officer’s Finger

A 27-year-old Central Texas man who police say strangled and bit his mother and then nearly bit off the finger of an officer who was trying to arrest him had been smoking synthetic marijuana, according to witnesses.

Richard Allen Butler (Jail photo)

WACO (January 10, 2013)—Richard Allen Butler, 27, of Waco, was in the McLennan County Jail Thursday charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, family violence assault/strangulation, interference with an emergency phone call, unlawful restraint and resisting arrest after an incident in which his mother was strangled and bitten in the face and an officer’s index finger was bitten, crushing the bone and nearly severing the fingertip, police said Thursday.

The injured officer, whose name was not released, was one of the officers sent at around 5 p.m. Wednesday to a home at 2101 Daughtrey Ave. in response to a 911 call from Butler’s 11-year-old daughter, who reported that her father was attacking his wife and his mother, police said.

She reported that Butler refused to let the two women leave the room or to call police, authorities said.

“Witnesses told police that Butler had been drinking and also smoking synthetic marijuana,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said in a press release Thursday.

Butler demanded the officers shoot him and was ultimately subdued with a Taser and taken into custody, Swanton said.

Butler’s 47-year-old mother suffered a severe laceration to her nose in the attack, police said.

She and the injured officer were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Butler was checked out and then was taken to the McLennan County Jail, where he’s held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Officers responded to a similar incident in June when a 22-year-old Waco man who evidently assaulted several people at a home and told them he “was on a bad trip from ingesting K-2, ”got down “on his hands and knees and chased a neighbor while barking and growling like a dog,” according to witnesses, Swanton said.

The man then took a medium-sized black dog onto the front porch of the home where he beat and strangled the animal and then “began to bite into the dog, ripping pieces of flesh away,” Swanton said.

The dog died at the scene.

Officers found the man sitting on the porch with blood on his hands, clothing and face, Swanton said.

While waiting for paramedics to arrive, Swanton said, Daniel asked officers to fight him or use a stun gun “to help him get off his bad trip,” Swanton said.

Officers did neither, Swanton said.

K-2 is a form of synthetic marijuana.

None of the chemicals the herbal product contains is a copy of anything found in cannabis, although the effects can be similar.

Studies suggest synthetic cannabis use is associated with psychosis and the exacerbation of existing psychotic disorders.

Extreme paranoia, hallucinations and violent behavior have also been reported.

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