Police: Cologne samples made men ill

July 14, 2008 at 9:13 PM
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HOUMA, La., July 14 (UPI) -- Authorities in Houma, La., said a woman has been arrested after she allegedly made two men ill by having them smell "cologne samples."

Houma police officers and Terrebonne Parish sheriff's deputies said Patches Wegmann, 23, approached an 18-year-old man outside of a Houma restaurant in early June and asked if he wanted to smell some cologne samples, WAFB, Baton Rouge, La., reported.

Sheriff's spokesman Todd Duplantis said the woman left with three "large black male subjects" and shortly after the victim returned the work, he experienced dizziness, shortness of breath, numbness and eventually passed out.

Police said a similar incident occurred July 9 when Wegmann allegedly made another victim feel ill after having him smell the cologne.

"During the interview, she admitted to the crime which occurred on June 9," Duplantis said.

Wegmann was charged with second-degree battery and unlawful solicitation. She was taken to the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

The substance Wegmann had the men smell was not identified and her alleged motive for the crime was unclear Monday.

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