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.