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'Bath salts' suspect due in court in Glendale shovel attack

June 26, 2012 |  9:42 am

Bath salts suspect
The Glendale man who was apparently high on the synthetic drug known as "bath salts" last week when he allegedly attacked a 77-year-old woman with a shovel is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on charges of first-degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.

The man, 20-year-old Robert William White, was arrested Thursday after the attack, but police first had to fire a rubber bullet and Taser to subdue him during a brief standoff when he barricaded himself inside his apartment.

As White was carried off and handcuffed to a chair, he yelled “God loves all of you” to bystanders, the Glendale News-Press reported.

Police said he later told officers at the hospital that he had ingested "bath salts" that were dissolved in a soda he was drinking.

Prosecutors on Monday charged White with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly striking the elderly woman with a shovel as she walked in the 100 block of Spazier Avenue, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint.

Authorities added the first-degree burglary charge because White allegedly briefly entered the woman’s apartment as she called police for help.

The woman was treated for what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.


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-- Jason Wells, Times Community News

Photo: Robert William White yells to onlookers as he is wheeled out of an apartment he barricaded himself in after allegedly assaulting a 77-year-old woman with a shovel. Credit: Tim Berger / Times Community News