Suspect bit off man’s ear and face in Oregon attack

GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) — A suspect attacked a 78-year-old man on a light rail platform outside Portland, chewing off the victim’s ear and parts of his face before police intervened, officials said. said on Tuesday.

Gresham police said in a statement that the unidentified victim’s injuries, from Hillsboro, Oregon, were so serious that his skull was visible after the attack early Tuesday morning.

Police arrested 25-year-old Colin Kramer and charged him with second-degree assault after identifying him from his fingerprints, they said. Kramer recently moved to Oregon from Georgia, police said.

Authorities are investigating whether drug use may have triggered Kramer’s behavior.

Oregon’s online court system did not list Kramer’s case information, and he had not yet appeared in court.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Kramer had a lawyer available to comment.

Gresham is a city of about 113,000 located about 15 miles (24 km) east of Portland.