Airbnb Host Who Assaulted Renter Convicted by Jury

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JERSEY CITY, NJ – A Union County jury has convicted Alexandre Saunders, 30, of Jersey city of assaulting a man who was renting an apartment from him in 2019.

According to police, on Wednesday, December 25, 2019, the Jersey City Police Department responded to a home on Pavonia Avenue with reports of an aggravated assault. Responding officers found a 35-year-old man with a serious injury to his right ear.

The investigation determined Saunders was renting a room to the victim through Airbnb. Following a verbal dispute over payment, Saunders lunged at the victim and bit a portion of his ear off.

Sentencing is scheduled for Friday, July 8, according to Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Edward Bilinkas.