Woman bites off mugger’s finger in Sapporo attack

AFP-JIJI

A mugger who attacked a woman in Sapporo fled empty-handed — and with part of his pinkie chomped off by his intended victim.

The 59-year-old woman fought back after the man snatched her bag as she arrived at her apartment in the city, police said Tuesday.

The woman gave chase as her attacker made his getaway on a bike, wrenching the stolen tote from his grasp and biting down firmly on his little finger.

“The victim retrieved her bag in a scuffle and the suspect had one of his fingers partially bitten off before getting away on his bicycle,” a local police spokesman said.

Local media reported the top third of the man’s finger, which the woman said was from his right hand, had been recovered from the crime scene.

A police spokesman refused to give details about the fate of the detached digit or whether prints had been taken in a bid to trace the attacker.