Man charged with hot pepper poisoning of homeless man in California
A Californian has been accused of poisoning eight homeless people with an incredibly spicy resin derived from chili peppers so he could film their reactions.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif .– A man in California has been accused of poisoning eight homeless people with an incredibly spicy resin derived from chili peppers so he could film their reactions, authorities have said.
William Robert Cable, 38, is said to have attacked homeless people in the town of Huntington Beach, giving them food containing capsicum oleoresin, which authorities have described as being twice as powerful as the pepper spray used by the police.
“They were exploited and poisoned as part of a twisted form of entertainment, and their pain was recorded so that it could be relived by their attacker over and over again,” Orange County District Attorney Todd said. Spitzer, in a statement Thursday.
Some victims were told they were participating in a “spicy food challenge” and others were not, authorities said. Some were given other food and beer to get them to eat the poisoned food.
The victims presented with seizure-like symptoms, difficulty breathing and suffered from vomiting and severe pain in the mouth and stomach. Some had to be hospitalized.
Authorities have asked for the public’s help in identifying other victims and other potential suspects.
Cable, identified as a handyman from the community of San Andreas in Northern California, was arrested on May 22 by Huntington Beach police.
He was charged with eight counts of poisoning, one count of causing injury to an elderly person, eight counts of misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor and an offense for consuming alcohol or smoking marijuana while driving.
The statement by the district attorney and other law enforcement officials did not specify how the minor was involved.
“The inhumane nature of the crime combined with the targeting of a vulnerable population shocks the conscience,” said Huntington Beach Police Chief Robert Handy. “The fact that an adult criminal would implicate a minor is even more reprehensible.”
If convicted on all counts, Cable faces up to 19 years and three months in prison.
Online prison records show he remained in custody Thursday on $ 500,000 bail with a court date scheduled for next month. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.