DES PLAINES, Illinois — A Florida man was held on $1 million bond for allegedly chopping off the penis of his ex-girlfriend’s new beau after brutally beating him with a tire iron.
Prosecutors say Justin Foster, 28, of Tallahassee, travelled halfway across the country to a Chicago suburb to confront his ex’s new paramour and beat him so badly he was left with permanent brain damage.
“We’re talking about a very heinous crime here,” Assistant State’s Attorney Luis Muniz said, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Authorities say Foster flew from Atlanta to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in March and then rented a car and drove to Des Plaines, where he approached the 26-year-old man on the street, hit him in the head with a tire iron, carved initials into his leg and then cut off his penis.
Investigators say Foster then threw the man’s member over a fence and then hid his bleeding body behind a parked car before returning to the airport and catching a flight back to Atlanta.
Somehow, the victim survived, but suffered permanent brain damaged. Authorities didn’t say whether doctor’s were able to reattach his penis.
Foster was arrested in Tallahassee on Aug. 27 and was brought to Illinois on Sept. 20 to face charges.
Foster’s lawyer argued that the case against his client is circumstantial, with no physical evidence tying him to the crime. He also said that the victim might not be able to identify Foster as the men who attacked him.