NOAA worker loses ear in attack
A man arrested in American Samoa is accused of cutting off part of a U.S. official's ear with a machete, the FBI said Wednesday.
Simeti Lualemana, 67, was charged with assaulting a U.S. government employee performing official duties, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, the agency said.
Mark Cunningham, station chief for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was attacked Monday while taking pictures of a house being built by Lualemana on NOAA-controlled land, officials said. Cunningham had previously told Lualemana the house couldn't be located on the land.
Cunningham lost part of his left ear when he suffered a cut up to nearly 6 inches long to his neck, the FBI said.
| April 1, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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