According to investigators, an alleged meth-infused rage led a man to bite off part of a woman's chin.
The suspect, Dewante Nunley, was arrested a short time later and is behind bars at the Oklahoma County Jail on domestic assault complaints.
The victim, Carey Johnson told police her rescue dog came to her rescue; but by then, she had suffered a serious injury.
"It just looked like it wasn't him. His eyes changed, his voice changed, his whole demeanor and he snapped," said Johnson.
Johnson described what lead up to a violent fight with her boyfriend at an Oklahoma City car wash. She said Dewaunte Nunley left her bloodied and stranded after he drove away with her car, the place she’d lived in for the last month.
“I tried to get out of the car but he pulled me in and started to kind of push me down like this so I couldn’t breathe, and I couldn’t yell,” explained Johnson.
Johnson said the only reason Nunley stopped beating her is because of her rescue dog, Big Red.
“I didn’t realize he was out of the car barking and biting,” Johnson said. “He didn’t bite to hurt him. He didn’t like take a chunk out of him or make a severe hole in him. He just bit him to get him off of me and I’m proud of him.”
Johnson's face was black and blue with a gaping hole in her chin where Nunley reportedly bit her. Police said drugs played a part in the violent attack.
“He was apparently high at the time, at least she indicated he had been using drugs,” said MSgt. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department. “He was armed with a gun at some point, and he had hidden the gun in the car.”
Carey’s recovery is complicated as she lives in her car.
“Being out here it’s kind of hard to keep this clean without it getting infected and I’m worried about it,” said Johnson. “It’s so red, and bruised, and so open. I really have to try and find a private bathroom at some store because I don’t want to scare the kids.”
Carey is scheduled to start receiving social security income in August.
Until then, there is a GoFundMe account set up to help her get back on her feet.