Police in Stamford say Mendoza got upset early Monday morning when his cousin, 29-year-old Ruiz Clemente-Perez, asked him to turn down his music. Officers say Mendoza started a brawl by punching Clemente-Perez in the head and then bit off and swallowed his cousin's left ear lobe.
Officers say Clemente-Perez was bleeding and missing part of his ear when they arrived. He also suffered a broken nose and fractured eye socket.
Mendoza is detained on $100,000 bail. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.