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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

August 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Seattle man loses part of ear in attack by stranger

Never a good thing when a police-department post begins with this sentence:

“Officers searched for a man’s missing ear with negative results.”

The ear in question belonged to the unfortunate victim of an assault in the 100 block of 10th Avenue East. According to Seattle police, here’s what happened:

The victim told police a man walked into his fenced yard and urinated just before 10 last night. The victim and his girlfriend asked the man to leave, and the man then attacked the woman. The victim pushed the man and tried to stop him, so the man turned on him. During the attack, the man bit off a “large portion” of the victim’s left ear.

The intruder left before police arrived.

But they found him a short time later near Cal Anderson Park. The man’s mouth was covered with blood, according to police. Officers asked the man if he had swallowed the victim’s ear. He would not answer but looked up and smiled, police said.

The 21-year-old was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault.

The 23-year-old victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

 

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