A Florida man has been arrested and charged with injecting a chemical agent under the door of his neighbor’s condo, police said. This assault is said to have been captured on video released this week.
According to a police report, Xuming Li, 36, was seen injecting a liquid “multiple times” under the door of a neighboring family on Oxford Place in Tampa Palms. The liquid tested positive for the narcotics methadone and hydrocodone.
Methadone and hydrocodone are used to treat pain. Side effects of both narcotics can include agitation, stomach pain, vomiting, difficulty breathing, skin irritation, chest pain, diarrhea, hallucinations, and fainting, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Umar Abdullah installed a hidden camera outside his apartment after he smelled chemicals in his home and his 10-month-old baby started vomiting, NBC affiliate in Tampa WFLA reported.
According to a Tampa Police Department report, the Tampa Fire Department patrolled the family home “a number of times” but was unable to determine the source of the odor.
Surveillance footage showed Abdullah’s downstairs neighbor, Li, injecting a liquid through the door of his apartment. According to WFLA, Li had previously filed complaints with Abdullah about noise pollution.
“Even in war, the worst enemies do not attack the opponent, the other party, with chemicals,” Abdullah told WFLA.
According to the police report, Abdullah, his wife and their child suffered from shortness of breath and eye and skin irritation from inhaling the chemicals for more than a month.
Upon examining the home, an officer who had been exposed to the chemicals also developed skin irritation and received medical treatment.
Li was arrested on June 27 and charged with one count of aggravated stalking, three counts of distributing a chemical warfare agent and one count of possession of a controlled substance. He was also charged with assaulting a police officer for exposing an officer to the chemicals.
The Oxford Place at Tampa Palms Condominium Association filed a complaint against Li with the Thirteenth Circuit on July 19 seeking a final eviction order.
The federation alleges that Li breached his contract when he allegedly injected chemicals into his neighbor’s unit, making residents feel unsafe.
The association is also asking the court to issue an injunction ordering Li to “immediately cease and desist from any form of harassment, threats of physical harm, assault, physical harm, intimidation and quality of life,” as well as $50,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees to be paid by the association.
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