BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man with portion of his ear bitten off told police he confronted a person breaking into a vehicle in a Lemans Drive apartment complex.
Police were called to the complex at 2:06 a.m. Sunday. Police spoke with Joshua Dailey and Joseph Puntel who said a man was breaking into Puntel’s vehicle, trying to remove a dashboard car stereo.
“We were up late, and I looked out my window and I saw the dome light was on in my car,” Puntel said.
Puntel said he and Dailey saw the man breaking into the vehicle, and they confronted him. He said Dailey pinned the man to the ground while he went to get a weapon from inside the apartment.
When he returned, he said Dailey was bleeding from his ear, and the man was still riffling through the car.
He said he tried to chase the man, but he got away, escaping through the parking lot behind homes on Aravesta Avenue.
Police were unable to find the man involved in the break-in. Puntel said he was a black man in his 20s, more than 6’0″ tall and 200 pounds. He was wearing dark pants and a red hooded sweatshirt, according to a Boardman Police report.
Puntel said he has never seen the man before, describing him as a “really big guy.:
“If it wasn’t for my buddy, I don’t know what would have happened,” he said.
Dailey was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown for his injuries. Puntel said a piece of Dailey’s ear was completed bitten off, and he needed more than 20 stitches. He is now recovering from his injury, according to Puntel.