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Laguna police have chemical attack suspect

Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Residents and police were overcome by a mysterious chemical tossed through an apartment window in Laguna Beach Friday.

Residents and police were overcome by a mysterious chemical tossed through an apartment window in Laguna Beach Friday. (KABC Photo)

A dispute between neighbors may be to blame for a chemical attack that forced the evacuation of a Laguna Beach apartment building and neighboring homes.

Police say they have identified a man they believe threw a rock and butyric acid, a toxic chemical, into a home on Friday, according to the Orange County Register.

Police have talked to the man and they're reviewing evidence in the case.

The incident occurred early Friday morning when a woman called police, reporting that a man threw a rock through the window of her Cypress Drive home.

Investigators found the rock and a jar of a toxic chemical that sickened the residents.

Police say the suspect and the residents know each other.

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