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Man high on ‘bath salts’ to be arraigned today for alleged shovel attack

Man high on ‘bath salts’ to be arraigned today for alleged shovel attack
Robert William White, tied and handcuffed on a stair chair, yells the word of God 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 on Spazier Avenue.
(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)

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 today for first degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.

The man, 20-year-old Robert William White, was arrested Thursday after the alleged attack, but police first had to fire a rubber bullet and Taser to subdue him during a brief stand off 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.
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.


They 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.


Man told police he ingested bath salts before alleged attack


-- Jason Wells and Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

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