Suspect With Injured Tongue Arraigned In Stamford Sex Assault

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — A Connecticut man who had part of his tongue bitten off during an alleged sexual assault was arraigned Monday on multiple charges.

The scene of the crime is a beautiful garden path just outside St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.

The attack occurred just beyond Stamford’s downtown streetlights last Thursday.

The victim was walking along the garden path between the church and the rectory when the man approached and asked for a hug. She said no, and the attacker forced her into the bushes.

The attack lasted almost five minutes, but didn’t end the way the attacker planned. The woman, in her 50s, fought back so forcibly that she bit off the tip of her assailant’s tongue.

As he fled bleeding, she went the other way for help.

The attack was caught on security camera, and police said they are reviewing the footage.

Police believe 46-year-old Gerard Michael Landon attacked the parishioner. He was arrested on Friday after continuing what police said was a series of assaults.

“Groping women, poking them with an umbrella, he went into a store and groped a woman,” Stamford Police Lieutenant James Matheny said. “While he was doing that, he took the time to stick his head into a local chiropractor’s office and asked if they could treat his tongue.”

Police chased the suspect through the Ridgeway Shopping Center. They told CBS 2 that he didn’t go quietly, spewing blood from his injured tongue all over the arresting officers.

“A pretty lengthy foot pursuit ensued, and when he was caught by some of our guys, he put up a good fight,” Lt. Matheny said.

Landon was arraigned Monday and held on $550,000 bail. Prosecutors said they’re pretty sure the tongue tip, now in a refrigerator at Stamford police headquarters, will seal the deal on a conviction.

The victim’s neighbors said they believe she deserves a lot of credit for the way she fought.

“She showed the guy,” Stamford resident Glen Glasange said.

Landon was able to speak in court, although his voice was somewhat thick. He told his attorney he wasn’t suicidal, and denied having psychiatric problems, although he does apparently have a psychiatrist.

A native of the Virgin Islands, Landon has lived in Stamford for years His only previous criminal charge was a drug possession arrest in California 12 years ago.

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  • Peter

    taliking about being tongue tied !!!!

  • j.j.

    He ought to get a tongue lashing.

  • Wolf USA

    As long as we keep letting people cross our borders illegally this kind of thing will keep happening. Sad but true. Start deporting all illegals immediately. Crime rates will drop, the econemy will improve and people who truly want to live in the USA will earn their right.

  • Old Timer from Yorkville NYC

    Way back in the late 1940’s my Mom was attacked by a sex pervert guy at 9pm on a city street ,in those days women used to wear hats with hat pins which is what
    mu Mom grabbed putting it right into his Uknowwhat when he pulled it out , he ran off and she was untouched but for the laughs and congratulations telling that
    story over & over again.

  • Steve

    What a piece of trash. People like this make me sick.

    He should be doused with gasoline and set on fire. That’s what we do with our trash – so what’s the difference?

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