Stamford, CT — Gerard Michael Landon, 46, was arrested Friday evening for sexually assaulting a woman who, in defense, bit off a “substantial” piece of his tongue.
According to police, the alleged attack occurred as the victim was exiting St. John’s Church at about 10:00 p.m. Thursday evening. Landon reportedly approached the woman, who is said to be in her mid-50′s, and asked for a hug. When the woman refused, police say Landon attacked, wrestling the woman to the ground and shoving his vile tongue in her mouth. The attack came to an abrupt halt, however, after the woman chomped down on Landon’s tongue.
“It was a substantial piece of his tongue,” said said Stamford Police Sgt. Paul Guzda. “About an inch worth.”
The offending hunk of meat was recovered at the scene and area hospitals were alerted to be on the lookout for a man with a serious tongue injury. In addition to the identifiable piece of tongue, police also recovered video surveillance recordings from the church that substantiated the woman’s story.
Landon apparently wandered around partially tongueless for hours. Police say he finally sought treatment at a massage and chiropractic clinic Friday afternoon, but was turned away.
“He walked in and asked if we could help with his tongue and he stuck his tongue out and it was really gross,” said Jessica, a receptionist at the clinic. “I was like, `no, we can’t.’ ”
Jessica kindly directed the man to the dentist’s office next door and alerted police after reading about the attack.
As officers were en route to the clinic, police got calls reporting that two additional women had been molestered in the same area. One woman said a man grabbed her breast, and another said she was poked in the butt with an umbrella. Police believe Landon is responsible for both of those incidents.
Police finally made contact with Landon, and after a brief struggle, he was taken into custody. After receiving treatment for the tongue injury and the injuries sustained while ‘rasslin with officers, Landon was transported to the pokey and booked on charges of criminal attempt at first-degree sexual assault, first-degree unlawful restraint and second-degree strangulation. Bond has been set at $500,000.
“The good news is the victim didn’t receive any substantial injuries,” Stamford police Capt. Richard Conklin said. “She fought like a tiger and prevailed in this situation.”Tags: Attempted Rape, Gerard Michael Landon, Strangulation, unlawful restraint