Courts & Law

Suspect charged with poisoning

A SUSPECT has been charged with poisoning homeless people in Huntington Beach (Flickr/Hajee).

A man was charged this week with poisoning eight homeless people in Huntington Beach.

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, William Robert Cable, 38, of San Andreas, now faces felony charges of poisoning and one felony count of inflicting injury on an elderly person, eight misdemeanor counts of contributing to delinquency of a minor and an infraction for consuming alcohol or smoking marijuana while driving.

If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 19 years and three months in state prison. He is being held on $500,000 bail.

The victims were fed food laced with oleoresin capsicum in a dose twice as powerful as the pepper spray used by police. They suffered seizure-like symptoms, difficulty in breathing, vomiting and intense mouth and stomach pain. Some required hospitalization.

“These human beings were preyed upon because they were vulnerable,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. The suspect is accused of videotaping the reactions of the victims as a “twisted form or entertainment.”

Cable was arrested by Huntington Beach police. Investigators are looking for other suspects who may have committed similar crimes.

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