Police: Ogden man jailed after biting off roommate’s finger

Charles Donald Moelter. Photo: Weber County

OGDEN, Utah, Sept. 23, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — Police say an Ogden man is being held in the Weber County jail without bail after a violent attack on his roommate, which left her missing part of a finger.

Charles Donald Moelter, 35, has been charged on suspicion of:

  • Mayhem, a second-degree felony
  • Aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony
  • Use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor
  • Intoxication, a class B misdemeanor

An officer of the Ogden City Police Department wrote in a probable cause statement that the call came in at 12:15 a.m. Saturday.

“The victim reported that Charles Moelter (Charles) had bitten off the tip of her finger,” the statement says. “I observed approximately 1/2 of her finger was completely detached
from her finger and placed in a bag full of ice.

“The victim explained that she told Charles to get a job and move out. Charles began yelling in anger. The victim put out her finger telling Charles to be quiet. Charles grabbed hold of her finger and bit it off. Charles then slammed his head into the brick wall multiple times.”

Moelter told officers he had consumed a large bottle of whiskey during the evening, the statement says.

“I detected the strong distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage on Charles breath when he spoke,” the officer’s statement says.

“Charles told me that the victim put her finger in his mouth so he bit it. Charles stated he slammed his head on the brick wall and sidewalk multiple times in an attempt to ‘splatter his brains everywhere’ because he wanted to die.”

A second officer located a homemade pipe, the statement says.

“Charles admitted to me under Miranda that he uses it to smoke marijuana,” the lead officer’s statement continues. “Charles proved to be intoxicated to the point where he was an obvious danger to himself and others. Charles caused serious bodily injury when he unlawfully and intentionally deprived the victim of a member of her body,
or disables or renders it useless, pursuant to state statue 76-5-105.”


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