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Pair accused of biting off part of man’s ear

Cody J. Loeffelmann

Cody J. Loeffelmann

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Updated: June 14, 2012 4:01PM

Police in far southwest suburban Braidwood said two intruders bit off a man’s ear after forcing their way into his apartment.

Cody J. Loeffelmann, 21, and Matthew J. Bryner, 20, both of Downstate Kewanee, were picked up on warrants Tuesday and charged with aggravated battery, aggravated unlawful restraint, residential burglary and vandalism.

Braidwood police Chief Rich Girot said the victim, a man in his late teens, was acquainted with the suspects and has been involved in “an ongoing dispute over a girl.”

At 12:45 a.m. June 5, Loeffelmann and Bryner went to his apartment and forced their way inside.

“They tried to stab him with a knife they’d brought, beat him up, held him down and then one of them bit off the top half of his ear,” Girot said.

The intruders fled after “destroying” the contents of the apartment, and neighbors called police after hearing the victim’s screams, Girot said.

The man was taken to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet where surgeons determined the piece of his ear could not be reattached.

Girot said the victim identified Loeffelmann and Bryner as his assailants, and warrants were issued for their arrests. The pair were taken into custody in Henry County.

Bryner is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. Loeffelmann is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

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