Washington County, Arkansas, Sheriff’s Office via AP
A senior executive at plant-based food company Beyond Meat has been charged with a felony after an altercation outside a college football match in which he was accused of biting a man’s nose.
Doug Ramsey has also been charged with a terrorist threat after Saturday’s attack in a parking garage outside a football game at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Beyond Meat said Tuesday it has suspended Ramsey indefinitely.
According to the police report, Ramsay was enraged when another driver standing in front of him in a traffic lane called the front passenger wheel of the Ramsey Ford Bronco SUV.
The police report alleges that Ramsey got out of his car and hit the rear window of the other driver’s car. The driver told the police that he got out of his car and Ramzi pulled him close to him and started punching him. According to the police report, Ramsay also bit the tip of the other driver’s nose, tearing the body apart.
The driver and witnesses told police that Ramzy threatened to kill the other man. The passengers of the two cars got off and separated the two men.
Washington District Court records show that Ramsey was released Sunday on a $11,085 bond. He is due to appear in court on October 19. Court officials were unable to provide the name of Ramsay’s attorney on Tuesday.
Ramsay, 53, spent more than 30 years at Tyson Foods in Springdale, Arkansas before joining Beyond Meat as chief operating officer late last year. He held senior leadership positions at Tyson, including head of the poultry division and president of McDonald’s International.
At Beyond Meat, he directs partnerships with fast food companies including McDonald’s, Panda Express, and KFC.
Beyond Meat said Jonathan Nelson, its senior vice president of manufacturing operations, will oversee the company’s operations on an interim basis.
Beyond Meat’s shares hit a 52-week low of $15.97 on Tuesday before closing at $16.03. The company’s shares have plunged more than 75% since the beginning of this year.
The California-based company, El Segundo, has struggled as customers dealing with high grocery bills outgrow its higher-priced products. McDonald’s also recently ended a US trial of the Mc Planet meat-free burger — which was developed with Beyond Meat — without confirming future plans for the product.
Beyond Meat laid off 4% of its workforce in August.
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