Pair accused of biting off part of man’s ear
By BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org June 14, 2012 3:36PM
Cody J. Loeffelmann
Updated: July 16, 2012 6:29AM
BRAIDWOOD — Two intruders reportedly bit off a man’s ear after forcing their way into his apartment last week.
Cody J. Loeffelmann, 21, and Matthew J. Bryner, 20, both of Kewanee, were picked up on warrants by sheriff’s police Tuesday and booked into the county jail on charges of aggravated battery, aggravated unlawful restraint, residential burglary and vandalism.
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, Loeffelman and Bryner went to his apartment on Cermak Road 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 victim was taken to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet where surgeons determined 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, of 333 Fifth Ave., is being held on $100,000 bond. Loeffelmann, of 113 W. Kellogg Ave., is being held on $150,000 bond.