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Posted on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 10:25 a.m.

Ann Arbor man accused of biting 2 men during fight

By John Counts


James Badalamenti

Courtesy of the WCSO

An 18-year-old Ann Arbor man accused of biting two men was arraigned on assault charges Monday, court records show.

James Badalamenti was arraigned on charges of assault with intent to maim and two counts of aggravated assault after fighting with two acquaintances early Sunday morning, Ann Arbor police said.

“He got into a fight with two individuals," said Sgt. Earle Fox. "He ended up biting both subjects.”

Officers were called to a residence in the 900 block of Oakland Avenue at 3:49 a.m. Sunday after receiving reports of the fight. None of the men lived at the residence, but did know each other before the bitings, Fox said.

Badalamenti was arguing with two 19-year-old Ann Arbor men at a house when police say he bit the ear of one man and the face of the other. The 19-year-old with the bitten ear had "pretty significant damage," Fox said, The face bite was minor, he said.

The men were not taken to the hospital, but did seek medical treatment on their own after the incident, police said.

Badalamenti was not at the residence when police arrived. Officers found him a short time later in the area and he was arrested without incident, Fox said. He did appear to have been drinking, Fox added.

Badalamenti was given a 10 percent of $20,000 bond at his arraignment. He is free on bond, according to jail records.

A preliminary examination is scheduled for April 11.

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Thu, Apr 11, 2013 : 8:33 p.m.

"A preliminary examination is scheduled for April 11" - and?


Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 7:53 p.m.


Hue Noet

Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 2:36 a.m.

Team Jacob or Team Jake. Amirite or amirite


Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 2:57 a.m.

Yes. Why doesn't the headline read, "18 year-old UM student bites two other men while drinking" The all out effort to downplay the underage drinking and crimes upon campus is border line coverup by this press. While other stories of crimes committed by non-students are give the full blown yellow journalism treatment (if it bleeds, it leads). Time for a meeting of the editors to review, discuss and possibly alter how the news is both reported and presented.

John Counts

Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 9:42 a.m.

I asked if he was a student, but Ann Arbor police didn't have that information. Therefore, we didn't have the information either.


Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 3:10 a.m.

What does the fact that the suspect is a student have to do with anything? How is it relevant ?


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 11:04 p.m.

so what was he high on?


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 7:10 p.m.

Badalamenti is a student or at least he shows up in the UM Directory: Maybe, he can answer all these questions.


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 7:08 p.m.

President of the Mike tyson fan club I presume...............

An Arborigine

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 5:42 p.m.

I hope he at least flossed between meals.


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 5:20 p.m.

Who fights by biting......other than 3 year-olds and dogs?!


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 4:39 p.m.

What is the world coming to when cum laude graduates from Birmingham are being taught to fight with their teeth?


Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 11:06 p.m.

He may have went to Seaholm but trust me he wasn't Cum Laude...


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 5 p.m.

Where are you getting this info?


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 4:18 p.m.

Maybe he's watched too much TRUE BLOOD!


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 4:09 p.m.

Thanks John for the clarification. The person who commented about him being a student probably thought that because this type of thing usually happens on the playground in elementary school.

Usual Suspect

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 4:36 p.m.

The odds are with the assumption of student based on the neighborhood.

John Counts

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 4:02 p.m.

Police didn't know whether Badalamenti. or the other two men, are students or not. The story never indicated he was a student. The arrest warrant only lists the three assault charges, nothing about underage drinking.


Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 3:01 a.m.

Nothing about underage drinking? Doesn't the article quotes Sgt. Fox that he appears to have been drinking, and he is eighteen. What did I miss?


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 3:48 p.m.

Bath salts?


Fri, Apr 5, 2013 : 7:19 p.m.

thank you, but I prefer shower gel.


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 4:20 p.m.

Why yes, thank you. And plenty of hot water please.


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 3:39 p.m.

We have a biter!

Homeland Conspiracy

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 3:38 p.m.

An audition for season 4 of The Walking Dead?


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 3:32 p.m.

The first thing that came to mind was Johnny Cash's song " A boy named Sue " If you know the song you'll understand


Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 11:39 a.m.

" he kicked like a mule and bit like a crocodile "


Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 12:04 a.m.

@Eyeheart: Oh yeah! I remember that lyric now.


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 11:38 p.m.

@shamwow: Let me google that for you: Well, I hit him hard right between the eyes And he went down, but to my surprise, He come up with a knife and cut off a piece of my ear.


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 7:07 p.m.

I know the song but I don't get the reference.


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 3:25 p.m.

Sick and tired of these rogue face-biters terrorizing area men. Those poor guys didn't have a chance to defend themselves, given they were outnumb... oh. I wonder what actually happened.


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 3:25 p.m.

The Zombie Apocalypse is upon us!


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 2:54 p.m.

Please clarify, was this student charged with underage drinkingas well? The artcile does not list the charge however states that police believed he appeared to be drinking.


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 7:11 p.m.

simply amazed, use Google. The is busy erazing comments with answers to your question; ridiculous, since the answers are publicly available.


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 6:48 p.m.

a quick search of the directory at and you will soon discover he is indeed a stuent

simply amazed

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 3:48 p.m.

May be irrelevant, but did they change it to 'man' and it used to say 'student'? I don't see that he was a student at all.