A homeless man threw a huge bucket of hot diarrhea over an unsuspecting woman’s face in a stomach-churning random attack.
Heidi Van Tassel was about to drive home from a Thai meal with friends near the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles in April when the attacker – named as Jere Blessings – struck.
She has now spoken out about the attack, saying: ‘It was diarrhea. Hot liquid. I was soaked, and it was coming off my eyelashes and into my eyes.
‘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 all inside my car because it was so much. He just kept pouring it and splattering it all over me…
‘It’s something I won’t ever forget, it’s disgusting.’
Van Tassel was rushed to Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital and tested positive for infections caused by the poop.
She will now need to be re-tested every three months to catch any residual diseases she may have picked up . *****
The victim contacted the Los Angeles Police Department, but says her pleas for action have gone unanswered.
Van Tassel says the attack has left her with mental health issues, and toldNBC4: ‘It’s so traumatic. It was awful, it changed my life. *****
‘The PTSD that I’m dealing with is beyond anything that I’ve ever felt.
‘There needs to be some kind of help for the victims of these crimes.
‘I will never, ever forget his face.’
Blessings was charged with battery over the attack, and taken to jail before being freed on bail.
He received several months psychiatric treatment, but is now back on the streets.
Court records show that he suffers from ‘schizophrenia and psychiatric disorders,’ with Van Tassel fearful Blessings ’short treatment will not have treated his issues properly.
She said: ‘He doesn’t need jail time. He needs mental health care.
‘I have empathy for him. Because he needs help. ’
Van Tassel was attacked amid an explosion in the number of crimes committed by transients in Los Angeles, from around 7, 000 in 2017 to over 9, 000 in 2018.
Many of those suffer from drug or mental health issues, with other victims also calling for their attackers to receive mental health treatment.