A Los Angeles woman’s life was forever changed when a homeless man dumped a teeming bucket of runny feces over her head in Los Angeles in the summer. Her attacker received two months of psychiatric treatment and was on the streets again by August.
“It was diarrhea. Hot liquid,” Heidi Van Tassel told NBC News Monday. “I was soaked, and it was coming off my eyelashes and into my eyes,” she added. “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.”
The harrowing incident reportedly happened just off the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where Van Tassel had just finished eating Thai food with friends. After getting into her car, she was attacked by Jere Blessings, who is said to have “schizophrenia and psychotic disorders.”
“It was all inside my car because it was so much. He just kept pouring it and splattering it all over me,” she said.
The victim was taken to a hospital and checked for infectious diseases, the report said. There will be further testing.
Van Tassel said she wants to see her attacker get treatment for the psychological condition that caused him to attack her. He spent two months in a facility for people with mental disorders and was released before the end of summer, the report said.
The victim said she suffers PTSD from the grotesque encounter and believes form of counselling ought to be made available for people like herself who are left traumatized by such crimes.
“It was awful,” said Van Tassel, tearfully recalling the incident. “It changed my life.”
NBC confirmed there was a police report and that security cameras from downtown Hollywood businesses recorded the incident and immediate aftermath. Van Tassel asked Los Angeles police to view that footage and they reportedly decided against letting her see it.
She said she has “empathy” for her sick attacker, whose face she’ll never forget. It concerns Van Tassel that man is still on the streets, presumably untreated.
“What’s the next thing he’s going to do somebody?” she asked.
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