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Man accused of swallowing cousin's ear lobe during drunken brawl

Stamford Police Dept.

A booking image of Emilio Mendoza, 27, of Stamford, Conn., who is accused of biting off his cousin's earlobe during a fight.

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.


When police responded to the call at 12:56 a.m. Monday, the apartment “was a pretty bloody scene,” Stamford Police Lt., Diedrich Hohn told the Advocate.

Mendoza said Clemente-Perez punched him first, Barbagallo said.

Upon being treated and released from Stamford Hospital, Clemente-Perez, who also suffered a broken nose and fractured eye socket, was charged with third-degree assault.

Mendoza, who showed police fake identification when he was booked at police headquarters Monday, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.