With the homeless crisis spiraling out of control in California, attacks on citizens have been on the rise, including some too horrific for most to even imagine.
Heidi Van Tassell is suffering from PTSD, after a homeless man, Jere Blessings dumped a bucket of hot feces over her, getting it all over her clothing and car.
What is equally shocking is this mentally ill criminal was released back on the streets after only two months of psychiatric care.
Where it the protection for his next victim?
“I will never, ever, forget his face,” Van Tassel said. “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.”
One Twitter user wrote to Democrat Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
“@ericgarcetti This is 1 of the most repugnant “random” violent attacks I’ve ever heard of & shame on you if you allow your cops to add to this grievously traumatized woman’s pain & suffering via their petty incompetence w/following up. Get Jere Blessings off the streets.”
@ericgarcetti This is 1 of the most repugnant "random" violent attacks I've ever heard of & shame on you if you allow your cops to add to this grievously traumatized woman's pain & suffering via their petty incompetence w/following up. Get Jere Blessings off the streets. https://t.co/63gzWVr74I
— Jennifer Layne Park (@JLPisJLPisJLP) November 12, 2019
Metro reports Heidi Van Tassel was about to drive home from a Thai meal with friends near the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles in April when the attacker – named as Jere Blessings – struck.
She has now spoken out about the attack, saying: ‘It was diarrhea. Hot liquid. I was soaked, and it was coming off my eyelashes and into my eyes.
‘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…
‘It was all inside my car because it was so much. He just kept pouring it and splattering it all over me…
Per FoxNews, Crews wrapped Van Tassell in a blanket and rushed her to Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital where she got tested for infectious diseases caused by contact with feces — something she said she’ll have to do every three months.
A media spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told Fox News that as shocking as Van Tassell’s incident was, it’s something that happens more often than many people may think.
Attacks in which a homeless person was the primary suspect have been growing across the Los Angeles area. Data from the Los Angeles Police Department showed that the number of arrests of homeless people so far in 2019 has been 6,677, up from 4,763 in 2017. The number of violent assault cases also went up to 2,496 in 2019 from 1,763 in 2017.
Per MSN, “It’s so traumatic. The PTSD that I’m dealing with is beyond anything that I’ve ever felt,” Van Tassel said. “There needs to be some kind of help for the victims of these crimes.”
The man who attacked her, identified in court records as Jere Blessings, was charged with battery and taken to jail. Blessings was described as a transient with “schizophrenia and psychotic disorders,” records show.
“He doesn’t need jail time. He needs mental health care,” Van Tassel said. “I have empathy for him. Because he needs help.”
Jere Blessings got help, but only for two months. He was sent by a judge to a residential facility for people with mental health issues, and released in August.
Security footage from businesses nearby captured the attack, and bodycam captured the aftermath as officers responded, but the LAPD and businesses would not release the footage, even when Van Tassel asked to see it.
“It was awful,” Van Tassel said through tears. “And it changed my life.”
The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office said Blessings is now back in the community, which worries Van Tassel.
“I will never, ever, forget his face,” Van Tassel said. “What’s the next thing he’s going to do to somebody? If he would’ve had a knife, for sure he would’ve stabbed me.”
This article first appeared on TheConservativeOpinion.com