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Woman testifies she took a bite out of rape suspect to ensure there was more DNA evidence

Staff Report • Oct 15, 2009 at 12:00 AM

NASHVILLE — Patricia Young bit down on her attacker, knowing a piece of him could be the only shred of evidence he would leave behind.

She was biting his hands, because it was all she could reach. But when she ripped off a piece of his fingertip, she knew it could help police identify the man who broke into her home in the middle of the night. Fighting on the floor, she pulled the bit of flesh from her mouth and put it under her bed.

Nearing exhaustion, she knew she was about to be raped. But suddenly, he gave up and left.

Read the full report at the Tennessean's Web site

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