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Police seek person who bit off nose

Man rushed to the hospital for possible reattachment

Posted: Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Juneau Police Department is sniffing out clues for a person who bit off part of a 40-year-old man's nose in Marine Park early Tuesday morning.

Police and paramedics responded to a call at about 2 a.m. Tuesday indicating the victim showed up at his friend's home in Douglas missing part of his nose, Sgt. Dave Campbell said. Police officers spoke to the victim at Marine Park about an hour and a half or two hours prior to the 911 call and saw he was in fine condition, Campbell said.

"Two officers went to Marine Park to look around to see if they could figure anything out and that's where they found some blood and the tip of his nose," Campbell said. "So the officers picked up the tip of his nose and rushed it to the hospital, where the hospital tried to reattach it."

Bartlett Regional Hospital spokesman Jim Strader said the man was treated but not admitted to the hospital, meaning his condition would have been stable or better.

"They attempted to reattach his nose," he said. "I have no word at all on what the prognosis was on that ... and whether or not it will be successful."

Strader was unsure how much of the man's nose was bitten off during the incident.

"It was a pretty good chunk," Campbell said. "If the reattachment is not successful then it is definitely a disfiguring injury."

The victim was uncooperative and intoxicated during the investigation, he said.

"Basically he didn't want to tell us what happened," Campbell said. "If we did find out who did it, he wasn't going to press charges."

The case has been forwarded to the investigative unit, which will follow up with the victim and try to learn more information, Campbell said. The police presently have few clues to follow, he said.

"He said it was a group of people," Campbell said. "He said that they were all Alaska Natives but he wouldn't provide any other descriptors - ages, sex, clothing, none of those type of descriptors."

The police are investigating the incident as a felony assault, he said.

"If we're talking about an injury that is disfiguring, that would be a felony and it's possible for the district attorney to pursue a case and bring charges even if a victim doesn't want to cooperate," Campbell said. "But that is something that is left up to the decision of the district attorney's office."

Police are asking anyone with information about what took place early Tuesday in Marine Park to contact JPD at 586-0600. People wishing to remain anonymous can contact Juneau Crime Line at 586-4243.

"From our perspective, it's serious and we want to figure out what happened," Campbell said.

• Contact reporter Eric Morrison at eric.morrison@juneauempire.com.



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