(VitalNews.org) – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has deported a Chinese national in the U.S. back to China after he was caught on video injecting dangerous chemicals into his neighbor’s apartment unit.
36-year-old Xuming Li, who was living in Florida and in the country on a student visa, was caught on home surveillance video injecting what was later determined to be a substance containing methadone and hydrocodone into the apartment unit of Umar Abdullah and his family.
Li apparently got access to the chemicals as he was studying chemistry at the University of South Florida. Immigration has already cancelled his student visa and the University of Suth Florida has also expelled Li due to the incident.
The chemical attack apparently stems from Li taking issue with his neighbor over sounds of “footsteps” and the supposed loud sound from opening and closing the doors of the apartment. Li even apparently complained that he could hear the sound of the toilet seat from the other apartment. However, Abdullah told local media that he spoke to his landlord about Li’s complaints, but they “could hardly find any sound” after doing a simulation.
Abdullah said that he first suspected something was amiss after he, his wife, and their baby experienced an unexplained sickness. They noticed a chemical odor in the room, but were unable to find the source, even after consulting professionals, including even the fire department. They then decided to install hidden cameras, which was how they found out that Li was injecting chemicals into their unit.
“Her eyes were full of tears,” Abdullah told news outlets of the effect of the chemicals on his daughter. “She was not crying, but her eyes were full of tears.”
Li was charged with two counts of aggravated stalking, three counts of battery, and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, burglary, and battery on a law enforcement officer. He was deported before he could appear before the court, resulting in the judge issuing a capias warrant against him. The warrant stipulates that Li would face the same charges again if he ever re-entered the U.S. in the future.
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