Half-naked man bites officer’s face, gouges eye in Mission fracas

Robert Kaplan was arrested after attacking an SFPD officer Sept. 9. Courtesy/SFPD

Robert Kaplan was arrested after attacking an SFPD officer Sept. 9. Courtesy/SFPD

A half-clothed man claiming to have hepatitis C bit a San Francisco police officer in the face and tried to gouge out his eye earlier this month, according to the department and a high ranking officer.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was responding to reports of a naked man in the street in the Mission District who was chasing passersby and had even thrown a branch at one of them.

When the officer arrived on the scene Sept. 9th at 6:30 a.m. he found a partially nude Robert Mathew Kaplan, 26, who was talking to himself near the intersection of 25th and Dolores streets.

Within minutes the officer called over the radio that he’d gotten into a fight was the suspect. Even after three more officers on scene Kaplan was still struggling so much they had trouble handcuffing him.

The injured officer was not only bit on the cheek and a wounded in his right eye, but was also cut on his hands and arms.

Kaplan, who is a San Diego resident, has been charged with felony battery on a peace officer, felony battery causing serious bodily injury, felony assault with a deadly weapon, felony vandalism, felony aggravated mayhem and obstructing and resisting a peace officer.

Kaplan remains in custody on a $150,000 bond.


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