Connecticut Man Accused of Swallowing Cousin's Ear Lobe

Published 02/13 2013 10:43AM

Updated 02/13 2013 10:46AM

A drunken brawl ended in quasi-cannibalism, according to Connecticut authorities.

Police said a man in Stamford, Conn., bit off his cousin's ear lobe and swallowed it during a fight over loud music on Monday.

Emilio Mendoza, 27, was charged with first-degree assault, interfering with police, forgery and disorderly conduct early Monday in connection with the attack on his cousin, Ruiz Clemente-Perez, 29, the Stamford-Advocate reported.

Clemente-Perez told police that Mendoza started playing loud music sometime around midnight. When he told Mendoza to turn it down because he had to work in the morning, Mendoza began punching Clemente-Perez in the head.

During the fight, Mendoza allegedly bit Clemente-Perez's left ear and tore off part of his ear lobe, Stamford Police Sgt. Richard Barbagallo told the Advocate. Mendoza, who was intoxicated at the time, told police he then swallowed the ear lobe.

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