Second paragraph reads: "According to a police report, Leo Wantuch III, 37, of Mishawaka told authorities the devil began controlling him after he started taking the antidepressant drug Paxil about six years ago."
Man claims devil inspired attack
SOUTH BEND. Ind. -- A man charged with beating another man in the head with a metal bar told officers the devil made him do it, police said.
According to a police report, Leo Wantuch III, 37, of Mishawaka told authorities the devil began controlling him after he started taking the antidepressant drug Paxil about six years ago.
Wantuch was charged Monday with battery with a deadly weapon and released from jail on $2,000 bond pending a court hearing April 14.
He is accused of striking Jeffery Slabaugh, 39, a longtime friend. Slabaugh said he required 20 stitches for a wound in his head and suffered a fractured wrist in the attack.
According to the police report, Wantuch picked up Slabaugh and drove home to let him do his laundry at Wantuch's house last week. As Slabaugh was unloading the laundry, Wantuch hit him on the head, the report said. An off-duty police officer who was visiting at a neighboring house reportedly witnessed the attack and subdued Wantuch before Mishawaka police arrived.
Wantuch reportedly told police he wanted to draw attention to the effects of Paxil. A telephone message seeking comment was left Monday with GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Paxil.
There was no answer Monday night at a Mishawaka telephone number listed for Wantuch.