Doug Ramsey, an executive and chief operating officer (COO) of food company Beyond Meat, was arrested on two counts over the weekend after he allegedly bit a man on the nose after a college football game in a parking garage in Fayetteville, Arkansas Saturday night would have.
Doug Ramsey, 53, of Fayetteville, was arrested Sept. 17 on terrorism-related charges and third-degree assault, local broadcaster KNWA/KFTA reported. According to a preliminary report, the incident happened in a parking garage near Razorback Stadium after Arkansas’ victory over Missouri State. Ramsey and Beyond Meat did not respond to requests for comment.
It all happened just after 10pm when an officer was dispatched to Gate 15 for “a disturbance that had previously occurred at the Stadium Drive Parking Garage (SDPG)”. The responding officer found “two men with bloody faces” at the scene.
The officer later spoke to both parties and a witness and determined that Ramsey was allegedly in the lane of the building and attempting to exit the building when a Subaru “pushed ahead” in front of Ramsey’s Bronco and made contact with the passenger’s side tire manufactured .
Ramsey previously worked for Tyson Foods before joining Beyond Meat as COO in December. He was arrested at the Washington County Jail in Arkansas Saturday night and released Sunday, according to the Washington County information site.
According to another report, “Ramsey allegedly punched through the rear windshield of a Subaru after it struck the front tire of Ramsey’s car.”
The Subaru owner then got out of his car, and Ramsey reportedly began hitting him and biting his nose, “tearing the flesh at the tip of his nose,” according to the report. The victim and a witness also claimed Ramsey told the Subaru owner he was going to kill him.
We covered the once-food startup back in 2019 after it raised $241 million from its initial public offering after pricing (IPO). Beyond Meat is endorsed by business and Hollywood celebrities including Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Beyond Meat was founded in 2009 by Ethan Brown. The company makes vegan chicken and beef substitutes.
6:30 p.m. EST update: Beyond Meat announced that its operations manager, Doug Ramsey, has been “suspended effective immediately” after news of his arrest made headlines. In a statement Tuesday afternoon, the company said that “Jonathan Nelson, the company’s senior vice president of manufacturing operations, will temporarily oversee Beyond’s operational activities.”