US man gouges uncle's eyes in TV fight

2012-01-04 22:19

Joliet - A US man allegedly gouged his uncle's eyes in a fight over a TV remote control, authorities said.

The 62-year-old victim managed to call for help, and a sheriff's deputy found him at the bottom of the basement stairs with his hands stretched in front of him and blood streaming from his face, saying, "Please help. I cannot see," according to a Will County Sheriff's Department report.

The report said the man's eyeballs were swollen and protruding 6mm from his sockets.

The victim told police that his nephew, Exulam Holman, 32, broke the remote and pushed him to the kitchen floor before straddling him and then "inserted his thumbs into his eyes... and attempted to pry the eyeballs out of the sockets" before pushing him down the stairs. The report noted that Holman weighs twice as much as his uncle.

A deputy found Homan in a locked bedroom and arrested him on a charge of aggravated domestic battery. A judge ordered him held on Tuesday on $1m bond.

Authorities did not identify the victim. A hospital spokesperson could not immediately confirm his condition on Wednesday.

The story was first reported by The (Joliet) Herald-News, which said Holman has an extensive arrest record for aggravated assault, battery, violating orders of protection and resisting arrest, including striking a police officer with a car while being arrested for driving under the influence.

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