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Boca woman bit boyfriend’s armpit during fight over another woman


A Boca Raton woman bit her boyfriend’s armpit Wednesday night during an argument over another woman, city police said.

Michelle Ropp, 46, was out to dinner with her boyfriend and some friends downtown, her boyfriend told police. She became drunk during dinner and started arguing with her boyfriend about his past relationships, he said.

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They left the restaurant and went to his apartment in Mizner on the Green, south of Palmetto Park Road and east of Federal Highway, where the argument became physical. Ropp, who told police she’s a bartender, started ripping apart the man’s apartment and tried to tear down a painting in his master bedroom, according to a police report.

The man put his hands out, trying to calm Ropp, he said, and she leaned in and bit his left armpit. She grabbed a black Android phone from his front pocket and ran to her nearby apartment. Police noted that the man had a bite mark on his armpit, which was red and raised, according to the report.

Police went to Ropp’s apartment and saw her peeking out the window but she refused to open the door. At about 1 Thursday morning, Ropp’s son told police his mother would meet them at the city police department.

She was immediately confrontational when she met with police, they noted, and said the argument wasn’t about another woman. She later changed her story, saying it indeed was about another woman who’d sent her boyfriend a picture to his cellphone.

Ropp said he had attacked her and during a struggle over his phone she bit his armpit. When asked why she didn’t call police, Ropp said, “That’s not my style.” She threw the phone aside before she made it home, she told police.

Ropp had multiple injuries on her left hand, right shoulder and the right side of her throat, according to a police report.

She is charged with robbery by sudden snatching and battery. She was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on her own recognizance, jail records show.


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