Washington County, Arkansas, Sheriff’s Office via AP
A senior executive at plant-based food company Beyond Meat has been charged with grievous bodily harm after a fight outside a college football game in which he was accused of biting a man’s nose.
Doug Ramsey has also been charged with making a terrorist threat after Saturday’s attack in a parking lot outside a University of Arkansas football game in Fayetteville.
Beyond Meat announced Tuesday that it has suspended Ramsey indefinitely.
According to a police report, Ramsey was angry when another driver drove ahead of him in a traffic lane and touched the front passenger wheel of Ramsey’s Ford Bronco SUV.
The police report alleges that Ramsey got out of his vehicle and smashed through the rear windshield of the other driver’s car. The driver told police he got out of his car and Ramsey pulled him closer and started punching him. Ramsey also bit the tip of the other driver’s nose, tearing the flesh, according to the police report.
The driver and witnesses told police Ramsey threatened to kill the other man. The occupants of both vehicles got out and separated the two men.
Washington County court records show Ramsey was released on Sunday on $11,085 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for October 19. Court officials were unable to provide the name of an attorney for Ramsey on Tuesday.
Ramsey, 53, spent more than 30 years at Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods before joining Beyond Meat as chief operating officer late last year. He has held senior positions at Tyson, including president of its poultry division and president of its global McDonald’s business.
At Beyond Meat, he led partnerships with fast food companies such as McDonald’s, Panda Express and KFC.
Beyond Meat said Jonathan Nelson, its senior vice president for manufacturing operations, will oversee the company’s operations on an interim basis.
Shares of Beyond Meat hit a 52-week low of $15.97 on Tuesday before closing at $16.03. Shares of the company have fallen more than 75% since the start of this year.
The El Segundo, Calif.-based company has struggled as customers facing rising grocery bills bypassed its more expensive products. McDonald’s also recently ended a US trial of its meatless McPlant burger – developed with Beyond Meat – without confirming future plans for the product.
Beyond Meat laid off 4% of its workforce in August.