A Stamford man was charged with assault overnight after he allegedly bit off and swallowed a piece of his cousin's ear following a dispute over the volume of music, Stamford police said Monday morning.
Authorities responding to a disturbance at a Stephen Street residence found the victim at the kitchen table with blood pouring from the side of his head and Emilio Mendoza, 27, standing in the kitchen, holding his eye.
According to police, the victim asked Mendoza to turn down music Medoza was playing loudly as the victim reportedly had work in the morning. Mendoza was "not happy about," the request, police said.
Police said Medoza allegedly began punching the victim in his head before biting a piece of the man's ear off and swallowing it. The victim was taken to the hospital, where he received treatment for his injuries.
Mendoza faces charges of first-degree assault and disorderly conduct.