HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island man beat his girlfriend and a 77-year-old man with a meat cleaver and also bit off a part of the woman's ear, police said.

Puna patrol officers received a report Tuesday of a woman being assaulted with a knife at Kalapana Seaview Estates, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported .

The 53-year-old woman had multiple lacerations on her face and a partially severed ear, officers said.

Reed Martineau, 41, was charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and other counts, the newspaper reported. It was unclear if he has a lawyer.

The victims were parking a vehicle when they were confronted by the woman's boyfriend who forced himself into the car holding a meat cleaver, police said.

The boyfriend ordered the man to continue driving and struck him multiple times in the head with the cleaver's handle and hit the woman repeatedly with his fists, police said.

The attacker later ordered the man to pull over, giving him an opportunity to escape.

After the car stopped, the boyfriend proceeded to bite off part of the woman's left ear while punching and kicking her, police said.

The boyfriend fled on foot and the woman was found by a passing motorist.

The suspect was arrested at the scene.


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com