UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Police in Uniondale, N.Y., said a crazed man broke into a home, attacked the owner, beat him with a karaoke machine and bit off his ear.
A Nassau County police spokeswoman said doctors were not able to reattach the victim's ear but his injuries were not life threatening. The 64-year-old man attempted to defend himself with a vacuum cleaner hose.
Police said the attacker then crouched in the hallway until police arrived. A police official said the attack appeared to be random and that the suspect's behavior suggested drug use. "This guy just randomly picked this house," said police Sgt. Anthony Repalone.
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.
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