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Vacuum Cleaner Severs Man’s Penis

May 13, 1998 GMT

LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) _ A 51-year-old man seeking sexual gratification with a vacuum cleaner nearly bled to death when the machine cut off a half-inch of his penis, authorities said.

The intoxicated man first told police that someone had stabbed him in the crotch as he slept, Long Branch public safety director Louis Napoletano said.

However, officers who responded to Monday’s call for help instead realized the man had hoped to obtain sexual pleasure from the appliance’s suction, Napoletano said.

``But what he didn’t realize is that there’s a blade in the vacuum cleaner right under where the hose attaches that pushes the dust into the collection bag,″ he said.

When the man, who was not identified by police, turned on the vacuum cleaner, the blade cut off part of his penis. The victim told detectives he did not remember the incident.

Doctors at Monmouth Medical Center were able to stop the bleeding but were unable to reattach the severed part, Napoletano said. He was listed in stable condition Tuesday.