A 20-year-old man was arrested Thursday after he struck an elderly woman with a shovel and then barricaded himself inside his apartment, police said. It took a rubber bullet and Taser before officers were finally able to subdue him.
The man, Robert William White of Glendale, sat handcuffed in a chair yelling “God loves all you” several times to bystanders as paramedics carried him out of his apartment building in the 1000 block of Spazier Avenue in Glendale and transported him to a nearby hospital. He admitted to police that he had been drinking soda with bath salts in it.
“He seemed completely out of sorts,” said Northwest Glendale Police Lt. Bruce Fox.
White barricaded himself inside his apartment for nearly an hour until police opened his front door using a key and walked inside to get him, Fox said.
Police were initially called to the scene about noon after getting reports that White had tried to kill the woman in a nearby apartment building.