Hudson County jury convicts Jersey City Airbnb host of biting part of renter’s ear off on Christmas


A Hudson County jury convicted a Jersey City Airbnb host of biting part of a renter’s ear off on Christmas in 2019 following a five-day trial.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Alexandre Saunders, 30, of Jersey City was convicted of aggravated assault, a third-degree crime, by a jury following a five-day trial before Hudson County Superior Court Judge Patrick Arre, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office announced.

A jury found Saunders not guilty of weapons offenses and a second aggravated assault charge.

On Wednesday, December 25th, 2019, the Jersey City Police Department responded to a home on Pavonia Avenue on reports of an aggravated assault.

Responding officers found a 35-year-old man with a serious injury to his right ear. The investigation determined Saunders was renting a room to the victim through Airbnb.

Following a verbal dispute over payment, Saunders lunged at the victim and bit a portion of his ear off. Sentencing is scheduled for Friday, July 8th, 2022.

The State is represented in this case by Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Edward Bilinkas.

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