Police: Man bites off part of cab driver's ear in robbery

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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia police say a taxi passenger bit off part of the driver's ear during a robbery.

Two police officers saw the men struggling in the cab shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday in the city's Tioga section.

Police say 47-year-old passenger Kenneth Williams demanded money from the driver, then bit his ear and kicked him out of the cab. Mr. Williams then tried to drive away but hit a parked car.

After fleeing on foot, Mr. Williams was caught by police, who say they recovered $183 and a knife that was allegedly used in the robbery.

Police say doctors could not reattach the lost portion of the 59-year-old driver's ear.

Mr. Williams, a Philadelphia resident, was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, theft and other offenses.


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