Acid bombs thrown at homeless

January 7th, 2010 by

St. Petersburg, Florida (www.wtsp.com) — Police say someone threw three acid bombs at a group of homeless people early Wednesday morning. The incident happened at the intersection of 5th Avenue North and 15th Street North.

“These (homeless) people are already in poor circumstances, each has their own story and they’re sleeping on the streets. Maybe the suspects consider this a prank but we take it very seriously,” said St. Petersburg police spokesperson Bill Proffitt.

Proffitt says the bombs were made using large plastic bottles and then filling them with acid. “It’s hydrochloric acid, it’s very corrosive, it would cause burns on your skin.”

No one was injured when the bombs exploded, however one woman was sleeping under some blankets that did get sprayed by the acid.

James Orth, who has been living on the streets for nearly five months says about 50 other homeless people were in the area when the attack happened. He called it disturbing. “They’re kicking everybody here that’s down,” he said.

Proffitt says the person responsible could face felony charges of aggravated assault as well as making, possessing, throwing or discharging a destructive device.

The suspect’s vehicle is described by witnesses as a large, boxy, dark-colored sedan, possibly a Cadillac or Lincoln Town Car which was last seen traveling westbound on 5th avenue North.

If you have any information that could help police with this case, you’re asked to call the St. Petersburg Police Tip Line at (727) 892-5000. Callers can remain anonymous


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