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Man who attacked 2 women with needle detained

A MAN accused of poisoning two women in Shanghai with a needle containing atropine, a potentially dangerous drug used by medical professionals, was detained over the weekend, according to a recent police report.

Investigators in Foshan in south China's Guangdong Province raided a rented room at 10pm on Saturday and detained the 30-year-old suspect from Hunan Province, whose name was not released.

The suspect remained under detention and police were investigating the motive for the poisonings.

One of the victims, surnamed He, was in a parking lot when a stranger approached her on June 27. She asked what he wanted, and he said her car was very nice. She disagreed and walked away, but fell unconscious minutes after arriving at the office.

The victim said that she did not feel a needle puncture her skin, nor did she see the man in possession of a needle. However, a medical examination found small puncture wounds on her neck.
A similar case occurred three days later, police said, though the victim said she did see a needle during the attack. No details were given in the report.

Atropine is a controlled drug extracted from deadly nightshade and related plants that can be injected to treat a low heart rate. In small doses it also can dilate the pupils and halt perspiration, and, in larger doses, cause hallucinations. In even larger doses it can cause respiratory and cardiac failure, leading to death.


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