Los Angeles, CA – Heidi Van Tassel said she will never forget the face of the homeless man who dumped a bucket of hot diarrhea over her, and that’s good because he is back out wandering on the streets again.
The incident occurred when Van Tassel was getting into her car, parked on Hollywood Boulevard near the Hollywood Walk of Fame, after dinner at a Thai restaurant with friends in April, KNBC reported.
That’s when a homeless man ran across Hollywood Boulevard and pulled Van Tassel out of her car.
The six-foot-two-inch man dragged Van Tassel into the middle of the street and then dumped a bucket of feces on her, KNBC reported.
Public records confirmed the woman’s account.
"It was diarrhea. Hot liquid. I was soaked, and it was coming off my eyelashes and into my eyes," Van Tassel told KNBC. "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."
Van Tassel was taken to the hospital and underwent tests for infectious diseases; however, she will have to go back and be retested every three months.
"It was all inside my car because it was so much. He just kept pouring it and splattering it all over me," Van Tassel explained.
Van Tassel told KNBC that the Los Angeles Police Department said they would investigate the crime, but that they haven’t returned her calls since the incident.
She said police and local businesses have security video footage that captured the attack on her but claimed none of them would release it.
"It's so traumatic. The PTSD that I'm dealing with is beyond anything that I've ever felt," Van Tassel told KNBC. "There needs to be some kind of help for the victims of these crimes."
The homeless man – later identified as Jere Blessings - was arrested and charged with battery.
He was described in public records as transient who suffered from schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, KNBC reported.
Blessings was initially taken to jail, but then the judge sent him to a residential facility for people with mental health issues for two months.
The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office told KNBC on Monday that is back out on the street again.
"He doesn't need jail time. He needs mental health care," Van Tassel said. "I have empathy for him. Because he needs help."
She’s worried that he could do something worse to somebody else.
"I will never, ever, forget his face," Van Tassel told KNBC. "What’s the next thing he’s going to do somebody? If he would’ve had a knife, for sure he would’ve stabbed me."