A California woman claims she was assaulted by a homeless man who pulled her out of her car, dragged her into the middle of the street and poured a bucket of hot feces on her head.
Heidi Van Tassel said that the disgusting incident took place near the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Tassel said she was getting into her car when a man, who appeared to be homeless, attacked her.
“It was diarrhea. I was soaked, and it was coming off my eyelashes and into my eyes,” Van Tassel said. “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.”
“It was diarrhea. I was soaked, and it was coming off my eyelashes and into my eyes.”
She added that the feces got inside her car as well.
“He just kept pouring it and splattering it all over me,” she told NBC4.
Van Tassel was rushed to Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital and tested for infectious diseases caused by contact with feces — something she will have to do every three months.
The man who attacked her was identified in court records as Jere Blessings, a transient with “schizophrenia and psychotic disorders.”
Blessings was charged with battery and taken to jail.
Van Tassel, though, said Blessings would be better off under psychiatric care.
“He doesn’t need jail time,” she said. “He needs mental health care. I have empathy for him because he needs help.”
Attacks where a homeless person is the primary suspect have been growing across the Los Angeles area. Data from the Los Angeles Police Department shows that the number of arrests of homeless people so far in 2019 is 6,677, up from 4,763 in 2017. The number of violent assault cases also went up to 2,496 in 2019 from 1,763 in 2017.