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Tallahassee man accused of poisoning co-worker's drink with bodily fluid

Posted: 11:40 AM, Nov 14, 2018
Updated: 2019-05-22 22:10:34Z
Police: Tallahassee man seen on camera putting white bodily fluid into co-worker's drink
New felony charges filed against man seen on camera putting bodily fluid into co-worker's drink
New felony charges filed against man seen on camera putting bodily fluid into co-worker's drink

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee man who was caught on camera putting a white bodily fluid into a co-worker's water in August is facing new felony charges for poisoning. 

Robert Tyson, 62, is now charged with two counts of poisoning water with intent to kill or injure. He was booked into the Leon County Detention Center on Tuesday and freed on a $2,000 bond.

The charges stem from an incident in July where Tyson was caught on camera putting a white bodily fluid into his co-worker's water mug multiple times. Tyson was immediately fired from the Center for Dermatology on Welby Way after his place of employment reviewed the security footage.

Before the new charges, Tyson faced two counts of battery. Court records indicate the State Attorney's Office dismissed the battery charges upon the filing of the new charges.

The new charges are described in a court document filed by an assistant state prosecutor on Nov. 6.

The documents say Tyson, "did unlawfully introduce, add, or mingle any poison, bacterium, radioactive material, virus, or chemical compound with food, drink, medicine, or any product designed to be ingested, consumed, or applied to the body with intent to kill or injure another person ..."

An explanation on why the charges were changed was not readily available. We are requesting those documents and will update the story once we receive them. 


Police: Tallahassee man seen on camera putting white bodily fluid into co-worker's drink

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee man has been arrested after he was seen on camera putting a white bodily fluid into his co-worker's water mug multiple times. 

Robert Tyson, 62, was arrested by the Tallahassee Police Department on Wednesday. 

On July 2, officers were called to the Center for Dermatology on Welby Way in response to a criminal complaint. When officers arrived, they made contact with the victim who said that her co-worker, Tyson, had placed bodily fluid in her water mug.  

The victim told officers that she brought a mug filled with water to work. She said she was drinking water from the mug throughout the morning when she became aware of a white colored mucous floating at the top of her water. 

According to the police report, based on the victim's observations, she believed the bodily fluid was placed in her water mug while it was unattended on her desk.   

The victim also stated she remembered a similar incident happening during the previous week on June 26. In that incident, she tasted something strange in her water and saw a white colored mucus-like substance floating in her drink.  

She and another employee reviewed the security footage from July 2 and saw Tyson enter the victim's office, and put something into her mug. 

Tyson was fired that same day. 

A week later, officers followed up with the victim, who suspected the motive for the incidents was that Tyson believed she lacked the capability to be an effective office manager. The police report states Tyson sent several letters to the victim and her employer indicating that he was not satisfied with her management style.  

Officers reviewed video footage from both incidents, which showed Tyson pouring the bodily fluid into the victim's water mug.  

The victim also provided officers with an email and letter that Tyson sent to human resources admitting his guilt. In the email he said, "I am attaching a letter of admission of guilt and a plea to end this matter quickly. I pray it will. My life is a total wreck right now."

In the letter, the Tyson also blamed his actions on exhaustion due to his work schedule. 

According to the police, his email confession was only in regards to the July 2 incident, since he did not know there was video footage of the June 26 incident.  

Based on the evidence, Tyson is being charged with two counts of battery. 

He was taken to the Leon County Detention Center and was ordered to not have any contact with the victim.