Man charged after biting off part of Art Institute employee’s ear, police say

CHICAGO — A man was arrested after police said he bit off part of an Art Institute employee's ear Thursday morning in the Loop.

Donnell Young (Chicago Police)

Donnell Young, 53, was charged with one felony count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. He was arrested Thursday around noon after being identified by officers and the  51-year-old victim.

The incident happened around 6:45 a.m. in the 100 block of South Michigan Avenue. Police said Young asked the man for a cigarette and when he told Young he did not have one, Young punched the man in the back of the head and body before biting his left ear, tearing part of it off.

Police said Young fled the scene, but was later caught. Young later admitted to officers that he bit the victim.

The victim was transported to Northwestern Hospital in stable condition.

The Art Institute of Chicago confirmed that the victim is an employee, and released the following statement:

"The safety and wellbeing of our employees and students is our first concern, and we have notified our campus community immediately. We are working closely with the Chicago Police Department as they conduct their investigation. We have increased security around our 112 S. Michigan and 116 S. Michigan buildings."

The manager of Cosi restaurant, located at 116 S. Michigan Ave., walked outside and found the man’s ear on the ground. He told WGN-TV he picked it up with a napkin and gave it to police.