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Glendale 'bath salts' suspect charged with assault in shovel attack

June 25, 2012 |  2:32 pm

Robert William White, restrained in a wheelchair, yells at onlookers as he is removed from his Glendale apartment, where he had  barricaded himself after allegedly assaulting an elderly woman with a shovel.

A Glendale man apparently high on the synthetic drug known as "bath salts" was charged with burglary and assault with a deadly weapon Monday following his arrest for allegedly striking a woman in the head with a shovel.

Robert William White, 20, was arrested Thursday after barricading himself inside his apartment. It took a rubber bullet and Taser before officers finally were able to subdue him.

As he was led away in handcuffs in a wheelchair, he yelled, “God loves all you!” several times to bystanders as paramedics removed him from his apartment in the 1000 block of Spazier Avenue and took him to a nearby hospital.

He was held in the Twin Towers jail, which is designed for those with medical needs, and is slated to be in a Glendale courtroom to face charges. White is being held on $75,000 bail.

He told investigators he had been drinking soda spiked with the bath salts.

Northwest Glendale Police Lt. Bruce Fox said White barricaded himself inside his apartment for nearly an hour until police opened his front door using a key and walked inside to get him, Fox said.

White allegedly had attacked a woman in a nearby apartment building. She had asked White to stop swinging a shovel at birds before he allegedly used it to strike her in the head.

The woman, whose name wasn't released, was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.

In October, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration made the possession and sale of three of the chemicals commonly used to make bath salts -- mephedrone, MDPV and methylone -- illegal.

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Photo: Robert William White, restrained in a wheelchair, yells at onlookers as he is removed from his Glendale apartment, where he had  barricaded himself after allegedly assaulting a woman with a shovel. Credit: Tim Berger / Times Community News

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