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Police: Man attacks woman, bites off her nose

JACKSON TWP., Pa. - Police in Monroe County say a man who bit off a woman's nose during a vicious assault has been charged with attempted murder.

Authorities said Leo Gardner, 47, attacked a woman last week in Jackson Township, in the area of Alpha Drive and Five Springs Road.

Police said Brittany Seitz was driving to her friends' house with Gardner when he stopped the car and began attacking and choking her.

Seitz told police Gardner dragged her out of the car, repeatedly bit her face and told her he was going to kill her.

Witnesses at the scene said they heard a woman screaming and saw Gardner on top of Seitz, attacking her.

Seitz was taken to the hospital with significant injuries, including amputation of the tip of her nose and bite marks, lacerations and bruises all over her face and body, officials said.

Gardner is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and harrassment.

He was denied bail and is being held in Monroe County Correctional Facility.

A preliminary hearing is set for May 19.

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