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Glendale Man High On Bath Salts Bashes Woman in Head With Shovel

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By Sam BrodeyAngelenos, you’ve been warned: the nationwide phenomenon of violence fueled by bath salts has hit our fair city.

20-year old Robert William White admitted to ingesting the sketchy narcotic—known to cause effects of delirium, psychosis and, in some well-publicized instances, cannibalism—before brutally attacking an elderly woman with a shovel on Thursday, according to the Glendale News-Press.

White hid out in his Glendale apartment, surrounded by police, who eventually subdued him with rubber bullets and a Taser strike after an hour-long standoff. White was led out of the building strapped to a chair, screaming "God loves all you" to bystanders.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. White reportedly told her, before striking her in the head with a shovel, "I hate you and I want to kill you." He also was heard talking about being an alien. Stating the obvious, Glendale Police Lt. Bruce Fox said that White "seemed completely out of sorts."

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Bath salts were officially banned by the Los Angeles City Council in March. There’s no word on any face-eating or art-urinating incidents in the L.A. area—at least not yet.