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Man who was high on 'bath salts' charged in alleged shovel attack

June 25, 2012
(Tim Berger/Staff…)

A Glendale man who told police that he was high on a synthetic drug known as "bath salts" when he allegedly struck a woman with a shovel last week was charged Monday with first degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.

The man, 20-year-old Robert William White, was arrested Thursday after barricading himself inside his apartment. Officers were eventually able to subdue White after firing off a rubber bullet and Taser.

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.

A witness said White told the woman he allegedly attacked “I hate you and I want to kill you today.” He then struck her with a shovel in the 100 block of Spazier Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint.

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The woman was treated for what police said were non-life threatening injuries.

White ran to his apartment and barricaded himself inside before police arrived, prompting the nearly hour-long stand-off.

Prosecutors filed the burglary charge because White allegedly briefly entered the woman's apartment as she called police for help.

-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA

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