Homeless man bites off Florida man’s ear in sudden attack

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, May 30, 2013 14:13 EDT
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Rotilio Carranza, a homeless man who bit another man's ear off in a Florida grocery store.
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A homeless man in Florida was arrested last Thursday and accused of assaulting a complete stranger, biting a portion of the unfortunate man’s ear off in the process.

The incident occurred at a grocery store in Immokalee, Florida, according to CBS News. The victim, Rotilio Carranza, claimed he was eating when his assailant, Alexis Santiago, suddenly started a fight with him.

Florida-based NBC 2 reported that when police arrived on the scene, Carranza was seen holding a bloody towel to the right side of his head, with the upper portion of his ear missing. He and his detached appendage were both rushed to a local hospital.

Santiago reportedly fled the scene and led police on a brief foot chase before he was arrested. He’s being held on $120,000 bail, facing charges for aggravated battery and resisting arrest without violence.

It wasn’t clear if his victim’s ear could be reattached.

[Photo: Collier County Sheriff's Dept.]

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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