November 11, 2012

Cornell Student Allegedly Bites Another Student’s Ear Outside Louie’s Lunch, Sending One to Hospital

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Updated with comment from witness Tuesday morning

A Cornell student has been charged with assault after he allegedly bit another student’s ear during a fight outside of Louie’s Lunch truck on North Campus Friday, police said. The injury sent the other student to the hospital.After arriving on the scene, police found Conor Goetz ’15 near the truck on North Campus, according to Dave Honan, deputy chief of the Cornell Police Department. Goetz was arrested and is charged with assault in the third degree, Honan said.The student reportedly bit by Goetz has been treated for a laceration to his ear and released from Cayuga Medical Center, Honan said.Goetz is scheduled to appear in Ithaca City Court on Dec. 5, according to Honan.Scott Widyn ’14, a witness on the scene, said Goetz appeared agitated at the time of the assault.“After numerous belligerent exclamations from Goetz, to which the victim responded in a collected and reserved manner, the assailant then chased him around until he was within arm’s length,” Widyn said. “One of the bystanders or employees called the police in addition to the contact made by the victim.”Nearby witnesses promptly reported the incident to police, Honan said, helping them find Goetz.“Community assistance was an important part of this case that enabled officers to quickly locate and arrest the defendant,” Honan said.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the date of the alleged incident outside Louie’s Lunch. It was on Friday, not Monday.

Original Author: Jeff Stein