Deputies: Teacher bites off part of ex-girlfriend's ear

Suspect faces assault, kidnapping charges

POSTED: 12:23 PM May 13 2013   UPDATED: 1:01 PM May 14 2013
Twymon Arnold
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

A teacher is accused of biting off a piece of his ex-girlfriend's ear at an elementary school parking lot in Greenville.

Twymon Antonio Arnold, 39, a permanent substitute teacher at Washington County Union Middle School in Roper, has been charged with maiming without malice, assault on a female, and kidnapping.

Deputies said Arnold met with his ex-girlfriend Sunday evening at the parking lot of Pactolus Elementary School, on Yankee Hall Road in Greenville. The two met in order to exchange belongings, investigators said.

But according to Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks, Arnold then held the woman against her will for about two hours. During that time, Arnold allegedly bit off a part of her ear.

When Arnold finally let the woman go, she went to Vidant Medical Center to get her wound treated, investigators said. She called authorities at about 3:15 a.m. Monday, while still at the hospital.

Arnold was later arrested in Plymouth, before being taken to the Pitt County Detention Center, deputies told NewsChannel 12. He has been suspended from Washington County Union Middle School without pay, according to Joe Davis, superintendent of Washington County Schools.

Arnold is a resident of Jamesville in Martin County, investigators said. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, he had previously been convicted of arson for an incident that happened in December 2001.

Like Arnold, the victim is also a teacher, investigators said. She had taught at Pactolus Elementary until January 2013. She currently works for Beaufort County Schools.