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Jersey City Airbnb Host Convicted of Assaulting Renter in 2019

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Jersey City

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has announced that on Thursday, May 19, a Jersey City Airbnb host was found guilty of assaulting a man who was renting an apartment from him in 2019.

According to Prosecutor Suarez, Alexandre Saunders, 30, of Jersey City, was convicted of Aggravated Assault by a jury following a five-day trial. 

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

Prosecutor Suarez said that on Wednesday, December 25, 2019, the Jersey City Police Department responded to a home on Pavonia Avenue on reports of an aggravated assault. 

According to Prosecutor Suarez, 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 8.