Crime

Lakewood man accused of biting off girlfriend’s ear

A Lakewood man allegedly was so upset that his girlfriend wanted to end their relationship that he bit off a huge chunk of her ear.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Kenneth Clark, 22, with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, felony harassment and unlawful imprisonment. Clark pleaded not guilty and was ordered jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The girlfriend called police Sunday to an apartment in the 4200 block of 11th Street SW and told them about the attack. Clark was found in a nearby apartment and taken into custody.

Medical personnel found the woman’s ear in the home. It was unknown whether doctors were able to reattach it.

According to charging papers, the couple dated for about two months before the woman decided to break up with Clark on Sunday morning.

“She said he attempted to strangle her with a bar, stab her with a large butcher knife and hit her with a bat,” according to charging papers. “He then bit off a large portion of her ear.”

The woman hit Clark with a can opener in an attempt to escape. Clark ran away after an unknown man came to the door and ordered him to get away from the victim.

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