Homeless man pours bucket of hot diarrhea on woman
LOS ANGELES (WTHR) — Homeless attacks in southern California are on the rise, and the most recent may be one of the worst of all.
NBC LA reports a homeless man attacked a woman near the Hollywood Walk of Fame, pulling her from her car and pouring a bucket of feces on her head.
Heidi Van Tassel said she was having a nice evening out with her friends when the attack happened. She said a homeless man sprinted across the street before the attack.
"It was diarrhea," Van Tassel said. "Hot liquid. I was soaked, and it was coming off my eyelashes and into my eyes. Paramedics who came to treat me said there was so much of it on me, that it looked like the man was saving it up for a month."
Medics took the woman to the hospital, where she was tested for infectious diseases. She will have to be retested every three months.
Data from the Los Angeles Police Department shows the number of arrests of homeless people are on the rise since 2017. The number of homeless people arrested for violent crime has also increased.
Surveillance footage from nearby businesses caught the attack, and police body cameras captured the aftermath, but neither have been released.
Van Tassel said the LAPD said they'd investigate the incident, but she they have not yet been in touch with her for more details. Additionally, she has not been in contact with a victims' advocate, despite the department telling her they would call.
"It's so traumatic. The PTSD that I'm dealing with is beyond anything that I've ever felt," Van Tassel said.
"He doesn't need jail time," Van Tassel said. "He needs mental health care."
NBC LA reports Blessings was previously in a mental health facility for two months, but was released in August.