Man accused of biting bartender blames mental breakdown

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SAN DIEGO -- A 26-year-old man said a mental breakdown was to blame for his bizarre behavior that landed him in jail.

Darwin Buckner was arrested April 15 in Clairemont after San Diego police say he broke into an apartment and then bit a bartender on the buttocks at a nearby pub.

Around 3 p.m., police say Buckner broke into an apartment in the 3200 block of Cowley Way. A man living at the unit, who happened to be an off-duty sheriff's deputy, tackled the intruder. When the deputy ran into a bedroom to grab his gun, Buckner ran off.

Police then got a call from an Irish pub on Clairemont Drive where Darwin allegedly bit a bartender's buttocks at the bar. He was arrested shortly after.

Buckner was believed to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was taken to a local hospital before being booked into jail.

Police say he posted bail that night, then was arrested the very next day.

On April 16, two officers were checking on a disturbance call on the 3600 block of Federal Blvd. in the Lemon Grove Area. Police say, when they approached Buckner, he asked one officer for her gun. He eventually reached and grabbed the gun before he was tased multiple times. Officers also say three Good Samaritans nearby offered to help and keep Buckner on the ground.

In a jailhouse interview, Buckner said he joined the U.S. Airforce right after high school and served seven years. He said he suffers from a mental and mood disorder and does not recall much of the incidents that landed him in jail. Buckner said his mental breakdown was a cry for help.

Buckner faces several charges including attempted murder. He is being held on a $2 million bail and is scheduled to face a judge on April 29 and May 2.