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Man's ear bit off by burglary suspect

An attacker broke into a Long Island man’s home, beat him with a karaoke machine and bit off his ear, police said. The man’s injuries were not considered life threatening, but doctors were unable to reattach the ear of the victim, said Nassau County police Officer Mary Verna.
The 64-year-old Uniondale, New York resident attempted to protect himself with a vacuum cleaner hose.
The 27-year-old attacker, punched and kicked him in the head and face before using the karaoke machine as a weapon, police said.
New York-based Newsday reports: “This guy just randomly picked this house,? said Sgt. Anthony Repalone, a police spokesman. “Obviously, his behavior was such that there may have been some drug involvement.?
Also according to Newsday, the victim was listed in satisfactory condition Friday, hospital spokeswoman Shelley Lotenberg said.
The attacker, 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.
Newsday said responding officers found Hidalgo crouched in a hallway, noting that nothing was stolen from the house.
Police are investigating whether Hidalgo was high on drugs during the incident or mentally ill.

The Associated Press:
http://www.twincities.com/ci_7162976

Newsday:
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-liburg1013,0,4379223.story?coll=ny_home_rail_headlines