Cops: ‘Karaoke’ Attacker Bites Man’s Ear

15 10 2007


Posted on Fri, Oct. 12, 2007
The bite heard ’round the world >

Cops: ‘Karaoke’ Attacker Bites Man’s Ear

The Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – A crazed attacker broke into a Long Island man’s home, beat him with a karaoke machine and bit off his ear, police said. Doctors were unable to reattach the ear of the victim, but his injuries were not considered life threatening, said Nassau County police Officer Mary Verna.

The 64-year-old Uniondale resident attempted to defend himself with a vacuum cleaner hose.

The 27-year-old attacker punched and kicked him in the head and face before grabbing the karaoke machine and using it as a weapon, police said. He did not flee the scene of the violence Thursday but instead crouched in the hallway until police arrived.

“This guy just randomly picked this house,” said police Sgt. Anthony Repalone.

Luis Hidalgo, also of Uniondale, pleaded not guilty to charges of burglary and assault. He was being held at the Nassau County jail on bail of $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond, prosecutors said. The number for his home was unlisted.

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