A top executive at plant-based food company Beyond Meat was arrested after he allegedly chomped down on a man’s nose during a fight outside Razorback Stadium in Arkansas Saturday.
Chief Operating Officer Doug Ramsey faces charges connected to the unusual incident that was sparked from an altercation inside a parking garage following the University of Arkansas football team’s win over Missouri State.
Ramsey, 53, was attempting to leave in his Bronco when a driver in a Subaru nudged his way in front of him and made contact with his front passenger side tire, KNWA-TV reported, citing a preliminary police report.
He then allegedly jumped out of his car and “punched through the back windshield of the Subaru,” which led to the Subaru driver leaving his car, according to police.
Ramsey is accused of punching the Subaru driver and biting his nose so hard he ripped “the flesh on the tip” of it, the television station reported, citing the report.
The Beyond Meat COO also threatened to kill the man, the police report alleged. When an officer arrived at the scene shortly after 10 p.m., he found “two males with bloody faces,” KNWA reported.
He reportedly faces charges of terroristic threatening and third-degree battery.
Ramsey began with Beyond Meat in December 2021, according to his LinkedIn profile. The California-based vegan company boasts about its plant-based meat, claiming the shift from animals can “positively affect the planet, the environment, the climate and even ourselves.”
The company’s founder and CEO Ethan Brown said he “could not be more thrilled” to bring on Ramsey, according to a press release announcing the hire last year.
Ramsey said he was proud to join the company’s mission to “produce delicious products that are healthier for our customers and more sustainable for our planet.”
CNBC reached out to Ramsey and Beyond Meat and have not received comment.
Before Ramsey started at Beyond Meat, he worked at Tyson Foods dating back to 1992, according to his bio on Tyson’s website.
Tyson Foods referred to him as a “servant leader” who “is a champion of team member safety.”
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