Husband and wife had chunks bitten out of their EARS by a brutal attacker who shoved a wooden block in the man’s eye as judge brands the assault a ‘horror movie’
- Elijah Prince, 28, charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault
- He is accused of brutally beating and biting a married couple doing yardwork in Chicago on Saturday
- Both victims had chunks of their ears bitten off, which could not be reattached
- Male victim also had three-inch-long wooden block jammed into his eye, while his wife was kicked in the head and had her eyes gouged
- When police arrived to arrest Prince, he was quoted as telling them that the blood on his face and clothes was not his own but the ‘blood of peasants’
- Victims’ grown daughter identified them as Timothy and Renee Johnson; she said her father, 58, has been battling cancer for a decade
- Cook County judge likened the attack to a ‘horror movie’ and said allegations against Prince ‘shock the conscience’
Elijah Prince, 28, has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault stemming from a brutal attack on a Chicago couple who had chunks of their ears bitten off
A Chicago man has been arrested in connection with a savage attack on a married couple who had chunks of their ears bitten off by the assailant.
During a court hearing this week, a Cook County judge likened the violent assault that took place on Saturday in the Fernwood neighborhood to a ‘horror movie.’
Prosecutors said that the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Elijah Prince, approached a man who was doing yardwork in the 10500 block of South Emerald Avenue and tried to sell him something, as Chicago Sun-Times reported.
When the man refused to buy whatever Prince was hawking, Prince allegedly put him in a chokehold and hit him in the head with his own shovel.
Prosecutors revealed in court that Prince then proceeded to punch the victim in the face, gouge his eyes with his fingers, bite his ears and the top of his head, before spitting into his mouth.
In the course of the attack, Prince also allegedly jammed a three-inch-long wooden block into the man’s left eye, damaging his vision.
The male victim’s wife heard the scuffle and ran outside, where prosecutors said she was also attacked by Prince.
The 28-year-old man allegedly pulled the woman’s hair, gouged her eyes, bit off ‘large chunks’ of her ears and spat on her.
The victims’ daughter identified them as Renee Johnson, 56, and Timothy Johnson, 58. Both suffered serious injuries in the attack on Saturday
When the female victim collapsed to the ground, Prince allegedly kicked her in the head several times.
Police officers who were summoned to the scene by the badly injured husband found Prince in the area. The suspect was covered in blood, which he said was not his own but ‘the blood of peasants,’ according to prosecutors.
Prince was arrested on charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery, and later was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Pieces of the victims’ ears were recovered at the scene of the attack but could not be reattached, according to prosecutors.
Officials have not released the names of the victims to the public, but the couple’s grown daughter identified them as Timothy and Renee Johnson.
Destinee Johnson wrote in the description of a GoFundMe campaign that both her parents suffered ‘life changing injuries that will impact them and our familiy [sic] forever.’
The Johnsons were doing yardwork at a 95-year-old relative’s home in the 10500 block of South Emerald Avenue when Prince allegedly walked up to them offering something for sale
Destinee also revealed that her 58-year-old father, who is a pastor, has been battling cancer for a decade while caring for his 95-year-old mother-in-law.
‘This has been a devastating blow to our family and our finances,’ she said of the attack.
During Prince’s bond hearing on Monday, Judge John Lyke said the allegations against him ‘shock the conscience.’
The judge set Prince’s bail at $5 million. He is due in court on May 10.