Suspect chews off 78-yr-old man's ear and part of his face exposing skull during fight in train station

Suspect chews off 78-yr-old man's ear and part of his face exposing skull during fight in train station
Detectives confirmed that the elderly man had not been stabbed at the train platform but had his ear and face chewed off (KPTV FOX 12 Oregon/YouTube Screenshot)

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GRESHAM, OREGON: A suspect reportedly chewed off a 78-year-old man's ears and part of his face, exposing the skull during a fight at the last stop of a light-rail train platform in a Portland suburb. The unidentified victim from Hillsboro, Oregon, was left seriously injured before the intervention of the police, said the authorities in a statement on Tuesday, January 3. 

According to WJTV, the gruesome fight took place just before 2:30 am on Tuesday and ended with the arrest of a 25-year-old man who was booked on second-degree assault. Gresham police and Multnomah County deputies rushed to the Cleveland Avenue MAX platform at around 2:17 am after witnesses reported a possible stabbing that caused significant blood loss. On arrival, the law officials found the suspect on top of the man and still attacking. The young suspect, who initially called himself "El Baker", was identified through his fingerprints as Koryn Kraemer. Authorities are investigating whether Kraemer's behavior may have been a result of drug use. 

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Detectives confirmed that the elderly man had not been stabbed but had his ear chewed off along with a "part of his face." The responding officers were reportedly able to see the victim’s skull. Paramedics were called to the scene to provide the victim with immediate medical care, as per the outlet.

No case information has been listed for Kraemer in Oregon's online court system. The 25-year-old, who had recently moved to Oregon from Georgia, is yet to appear in court. It still needs to be clarified if Kraemer had an attorney who could comment.

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Another such incident was reported later in the day. A man was spotted fighting another person on the train near the Lloyd district. He apparently fled the scene before Portland police could arrive, as per the outlet. Blue line riders expressed their concerns hours after the attack. "I feel like they could do a little bit better with their security to make sure things like that don’t happen," said rider Jayden Adach to Nexstar’s KOIN. "They should have patrol at least once an hour. It’s very rare to see that." Rider Richard Landers spoke: "A few more transit police security like that, patrolling around and telling people to behave. That’s all they have to do is behave." 

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