CHICAGO
03/21/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Fernando Cooper: Charged After Allegedly Biting Cop's Nipple

A man was charged Monday after allegedly causing a Chicago Police officer to lose a nipple during a fight outside a Gold Coast steakhouse.

Fernando Cooper, 31, of south suburban Hazel Crest, was charged with attempting to disarm a peace officer and aggravated battery to a peace officer, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. He also faces charges of misdemeanor resisting arrest and panhandling in a prohibited manner.

Police told the Sun-Times an off-duty officer began arguing with Cooper outside of Gibson's Steakhouse, 1028 N. Rush St., Sunday night:

Near North District officers who were already in the area saw a disturbance and a struggle, during which the officer identified himself as police but Cooper allegedly continued to refuse "verbal commands,'' and bit the officer, prompting responding officers to deploy a chemical spray at Cooper, the report said.

The officer was hospitalized with swelling and cuts to his eye along with a "severe bite to the nipple"--which he ultimately lost due to the extent of the injury. Cooper is also accused of grabbing the officer's holster, the Sun-Times reports.

The cause of the dispute was not immediately known.