An Anderson County sheriff’s deputy whose finger was partially bitten off during an attack outside of a bar Friday says that he is now in the hospital for a blood disorder.
An incident report states that Sgt. Andrew Hyslop was attacked Friday night in a parking lot behind Johnny Angell’s bar on North Main Street in Anderson County. The attacker, 34-year-old Brian Ashley Gilbert, ended up biting off the top of his left pinkie finger.
The Spartanburg Herald Journal reports that 57-year-old Hyslop was off duty at the time. He had been at the bar celebrating his son’s graduation from South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.
Authorities say the fight ensued when Hyslop asked Gilbert to leave after a waitress told him that Gilbert had inappropriately touched her. Hyslop occasionally works as security for the bar. He told the paper that he approached the patron, identified himself as a sheriff’s deputy and asked him to pay his bill and leave. As he followed Gilbert outside, Hyslop said the man suddenly charged at him and bit his finger.
Hyslop says after he was sent home from the hospital he started experiencing nose bleeds and health problems. He returned the hospital and it was determined that blood platelet count was uncommonly low.
Hyslop says he not sure whether the bitten finger or a medication that he received at the hospital caused the problem.
Gilbert pleaded guilty in 2004 to a charge of resisting arrest in Greenville County, according to the Herald Journal. In 1998, he was convicted in Greenville County of criminal sexual misconduct with a 12-year-old girl, court records show.