Man charged with hot pepper poisoning of homeless in Orange County

Posted at 12:15 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 15:15:56-04

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A California man has been charged with poisoning eight homeless people with an incredibly spicy resin derived from chili peppers so that he could videotape their reactions.

Authorities in Southern California's Orange County say 38-year-old William Robert Cable fed the victims food laced with oleoresin capsicum, which is twice as strong as pepper spray used by police.

The victims suffered seizure-like symptoms, difficulty breathing, vomiting and intense mouth and stomach pain. Some had to be hospitalized.

Cable was arrested last month in Huntington Beach and prosecutors announced Thursday that he's been charged with nine felonies and various misdemeanor counts.

Cable is being held in jail on $500,000 bail.