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Police: Theft suspect bit off part of man's ear

Posted at 2:51 PM, Dec 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-29 14:51:41-05

Police in northeast Ohio say a man trying to stop someone from breaking into his friend's vehicle had part of his ear bitten off by the suspect, who then fled.

The injured man needed more than 20 stitches for his wounds after the confrontation early Sunday morning at an apartment complex in Boardman Township, a Youngstown suburb.

The vehicle owner, Joshua Puntel, told WKBN-TV that he and his friend saw the attempted break-in through a window and confronted the would-be thief, who apparently was trying to steal a stereo. He says his friend pinned the stranger to the ground while Puntel went to get a weapon, and he found his friend injured when he returned.

The suspect hasn't been found.