- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - In a story Dec. 29 about a suspect in an attempted vehicle break-in biting a man’s ear, The Associated Press erroneously reported the vehicle owner’s name. He is Joseph Puntel, not Joshua Puntel.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Ohio police: Theft suspect bit off part of man’s ear

Man trying to stop vehicle break-in had part of ear bitten off by suspect, Ohio police say

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Police in northeast Ohio say a man trying to stop someone from breaking into his friend’s vehicle had part of his ear bitten off by the suspect, who then fled.

The injured man needed more than 20 stitches for his wounds after the confrontation early Sunday morning at an apartment complex in Boardman Township, a Youngstown suburb.

The vehicle owner, Joseph Puntel, tells WKBN-TV (https://bit.ly/1NNOwIl) that he and his friend saw the attempted break-in through a window and confronted the would-be thief, who apparently was trying to steal a stereo. He says his friend pinned the stranger to the ground while Puntel went to get a weapon, and he found his friend injured when he returned.

The suspect hasn’t been found.

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