A suspect attacked a 78-year-old man on a light rail platform in suburban Portland, chewing off the victim’s ear and part of his face before police could intervene, authorities said Tuesday.
The injuries to the unidentified Hillsboro, Ore., victim were severe enough that his skull was visible after the attack early Tuesday, Gresham Police said in a statement.
Police arrested Koryn Kraemer, 25, and booked him for second-degree assault after identifying him using fingerprints, they said. Kraemer recently relocated to Oregon from Georgia, police said.
Authorities are investigating whether drug use could have triggered Kraemer’s behavior.
No case information was listed for Kraemer in Oregon’s online court system, and he has yet to appear in court.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Kraemer had an attorney who could comment.
Gresham is a city of about 113,000 people about 15 miles east of Portland.
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