Lets get back to calling them bums Homeless man bit part of California restaurant owner's finger off after being asked to stop begging: cops (VIDEO) BY Lee Moran NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, March 23, 2015, 9:42 AM Restaurant Owner Says Homeless Man Bit Off Part Of His Finger During Fight CBS Los Angeles A California restaurant owner had part of his finger bitten off by a homeless man after he asked him to stop begging outside his eatery, police said. Clabe Hartley went to confront the transient who he claimed was "making a scene" outside his Cow's End Cafe in Venice Beach at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, reports CBS Los Angeles. The 72-year-old claims that Jonathan Lemons, 31, was harassing customers and had stolen one person's drink. "He was telling people 'Give me money, give me money now,' very aggressively in their face," Hartley told CBS. The restaurant boss politely told Lemons, who towered over him at 6-foot-5-inches tall, that he wouldn't serve him. Clabe Hartley lost the tip of his finger when he got into a brawl with an aggressive transient, according to cop. But all hell then broke loose as Lemons allegedly punched Hartley repeatedly in the face and they started grappling on the ground. Lemons is then accused of chomping his teeth down onto Hartley's finger. Three bystanders ran over and pinned the alleged attacker down until cops arrived. Hartley realized that he had blood gushing from his hand. He was rushed to hospital and needed 40 stitches and a skin graft. Doctors were unable to save the sliced-off part of his digit, however. Lemons was booked for suspicion of aggravated mayhem, according to NBC Los Angeles. Hartley said it was one of the scariest incidents of his life. "To bite somebody is animalistic. Humans don't do that," he added.