Police in Georgia have arrested a Cobb County man after, they say, he put weed killer in a co-worker’s water bottle.
Police arrested Anthony Gerald Dunton, of Acworth, Saturday on four counts of aggravated assault, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
According to Dunton’s arrest warrant, police allege he “placed amounts of concentrated Roundup brand weed and grass killer in victim’s unattended water bottle while at work.”
Dunton’s alleged victim, who has not been named, reportedly told police he set up a camera in his office after noticing his water tasted strange and that it foamed when he shook the bottle.
According to police, Dunton’s co-worker managed to capture two videos that are said to show Dunton entering the office, removing the bottle and then returning it to its place moments later. In one video, police said, Dunton can be seen wiping down the bottle as if to remove fingerprints.
Dunton’s warrant claims he admitted to police that he placed small amounts of the weed killer in his co-worker’s water bottle four or five times.
“The accused claimed he did not want to kill the victim, only ‘mess with him,’” the warrant states, according to the Journal-Constitution.
According to the National Library of Medicine, Roundup contains a chemical called glyphosate that is harmful if swallowed.
Symptoms associated with glyphosate ingestion include abdominal cramps, breathing difficulty, low blood pressure, vomiting, dizziness and diarrhea.
Dunton’s co-worker reported kidney pain and sought medical treatment but, police said, he was not seriously injured.
Dunton has been released from jail after posting a $15,000 bond.
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