A man in Washington is accused of attempted murder after allegedly holding down his ex-girlfriend as he shoved Xanax in her mouth and sprayed her with fentanyl.
Police in Mukilteo, Wash., arrested 28-year-old Zachary Madding Saturday after the attack unfolded at a hotel near Harbour Place. Madding allegedly lured the woman to a hotel room, claiming her sister would meet them there, reports Herald Net.
The woman texted a friend for help after Madding refused to let her leave the room. He allegedly threw her to the floor and held her down as he shoved crushed up Xanax pills into her mouth. Madding then sprayed the woman up the nose with a fentanyl medication 15 times.
The woman managed to escape and run to the hotel lobby for help, where the friend she texted had arrived. The friend called 911 as Madding ran into the lobby and allegedly shouted “she’s not leaving!” The unidentified man restrained Madding until police arrived. (RELATED: Kindergartner Puts Bag Of Cocaine In Mouth After Finding It In Classmate’s Backpack)
The woman soon passed out and bystanders noticed her pulse rapidly slowing. Officers arrived and injected the woman with two does of the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, successfully reviving her after two minutes.
“I believe he was trying to kill me,” the unidentified woman later told police at a local hospital, according to Herald Net.
Madding is being held on $500,000 bond for investigation of attempted second-degree domestic violence murder, investigation of unlawful imprisonment and first-degree criminal impersonation.
Fentanyl is a deadly synthetic opioid roughly 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine blamed for fueling the current addiction crisis. The substance overtook heroin as the deadliest substance in the U.S. in 2016, claiming 19,413 lives in 2017, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death for Americans under age 50, killing more than 64,000 people in 2016. Opioid overdoses made up a staggering 66 percent of all drug overdose deaths in 2016, surpassing the annual number of lives lost to breast cancer.
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