The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

April 22, 2014

Top of man’s ear cut off; victim mum on assailant

Joplin police are investigating an assault with a knife that reportedly cost the victim a part of his ear.

Freeman Hospital West notified police when Shawn E. Thompson, 23, showed up at the emergency room Sunday seeking treatment for a severed ear.

Police Lt. Matt Stewart said Thompson told an officer that he was assaulted at a residence in the 2100 block of South Empire Avenue. But he did not wish to file a complaint against his assailant and would not identify him to the officer, Stewart said.

Thompson did tell the officer that he went to the address to speak to another man about some “false accusations.” He said the man punched him in the eye and then grabbed his ear and cut off the top of it. His assailant then allegedly donned a type of camouflage clothing worn by soldiers and ran off, Thompson told the officer.

Stewart said the matter remained under investigation Monday without an arrest having been made.

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