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Bloody Teen on LSD Had 'Superhuman' Strength, Emergency Responders Said

At a vacant house for sale on Reed Blvd., paramedics and deputies said they encountered teens aggressively resisting their efforts, including one with “superhuman strength" who was spitting blood at them.

Three teens were taken to Marin General Hospital and subsequently arrested Sunday morning after a party involving LSD and a host of other drugs spiraled out of control, with paramedics and law enforcement officers having to fight off teens covered in blood in order to treat a boy who was reportedly having a drug-induced seizure, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies and Southern Marin Fire paramedics were called to a home in the 100 block of Reed Blvd. in Strawberry at 7:30 a.m. Sunday on a report that a 16-year-old boy was having a seizure, Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman said. As they arrived, teens inside the home told 911 dispatchers that the boy might have been experiencing severe effects from using “acid” or LSD there overnight, Pittman said.

Paramedics trying to get onto the property were confronted at an entry gate by the 16-year-old boy, who was covered in blood and refused to let the firefighters pass, according to Pittman. The boy, who they suspected was under the influence, attacked several firefighters with what they later described as “superhuman strength,” he said.

Additional Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene, “physically subduing” the teen at the gate, Pittman said, before being confronted by other teens, including an 18-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman, the latter of whom deputies later learned is the girlfriend of the boy whose condition first prompted the 911 call.

The two male teenagers spit blood on paramedics and deputies during the confrontation, Pittman said.

Extra Sheriff’s deputies and officers from four other law enforcement agencies were called to the scene, including Mill Valley, Tiburon and Central Marin police departments and the California Highway Patrol.

Pittman said that once the scene was under control, paramedics treated the boy who was having an “LSD-induced seizure,” finding eight other teens inside the house, all of whom also had blood on them but were not combative.

Deputies later determined that the blood on the teens was from self-inflicted – but not suicidal – injuries sustained by the 16-year-old boy.

Deputies cited a 16-year-old girl under Marin’s Social Host Ordinance, as they determined that her family owns the vacant house and was selling it and she had a key and provided access to the home. She also was cited for possession of DMT, an illegal psychedelic drug that Pittman described as having ecstasy-like attributes.

In addition to LSD and DMT, Pittman said deputies also found marijuana and cocaine at the party, as well as indications that people at the party were using heroin.

The three teens remained hospitalized late Sunday before they will be booked into Marin County Juvenile Hall, Pittman said. They’ll be booked on suspicion of a series of charges, including resisting arrest, assault on a peace officer, assault on a firefighter, contributing possession of illegal narcotics and, in the case of the 18 year olds, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Pittman said. 

Pittman said the investigation into the party is ongoing as they contact the parents and legal guardians of the party attendees.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Investigations Unit at 415-473-7265 or Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.    

415 Style September 29, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Jesus. WTH with these kids? My god.
wendy moskow September 29, 2013 at 08:12 PM
This is so tragic and scary for parents of teens. What can realistically be done to prevent and protect our reckless teens?Teens need a safe yet edgy place to hang out in Mill Valley. I would love to see the old Delanos in Tam Junction meet that need. Roller rink? Big comfy living room with couches, fireplace, tables let the teens decide.
Dolly Lanna September 29, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Sad state of affairs. Teen pranks are accelerated by new and easily obtained drugs. Still, there is no excuse for the terrible proofing and writing of this article. Do not rely on spell check. It has a mind of its own.
Jane McDonough September 29, 2013 at 08:34 PM
... cited for possession of DMT, an illegal psychedelic drug that Pittman described as having ecstasy-like attributes. While LSD may be a headline grabber, wouldn't it be in the best interest of health and safety to publish what the actual substance that caused these awful effects? Kids don't make these decisions well as it is. Give them accurate info!
Jim Welte September 29, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Hi Jane - According to the Sheriff's Office, LSD and DMT were found at the party. I tweaked that sentence to reflect that clarification. Thanks for pointing it out.
DivineMotherofTruth September 30, 2013 at 01:36 AM
"DMT, an illegal psychedelic drug that Pittman described as having ecstasy-like attributes." That sure is right kiddies. Remember if you like MDMA, that DMT is exactly like it. You should take a huge bong rip of it, and you will start rolling.
Lou Judson September 30, 2013 at 02:01 AM
I seriously doubt there was any pure LSD - we couldn't get it pure any more by 1972! Undoubtedly laced with various much more dangerous stuff. Real LSD of the old style was a peaceful experience; this is nothing like that. I believe them that some was found, but not like what we used to have! There are lots of harmful substances out there, and lots of stupid kids who will take it. The 16-year-old's parents also need severe discipline for letting their child grow up irresponsible... 16!
Nick Moorhatch September 30, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Nick Moorhatch Sept. 30 Uneducated teens and parents are at fault everytime. The health hazards and risks are at stake here, Is it worth it? To lose your life because you want to "Party".
SCW September 30, 2013 at 12:37 PM
In the world of psychoactive substances DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) is about the furthest thing imaginable from ecstasy/MDMA... like comparing apples to oranges, both fruit but completely unrelated. One would hope Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman would be a bit more informed... Whatever these children were consuming obviously wasn't what they thought it was. Clearly someone sold them a bunch of poison laced amphetamines and they ignorantly consumed it and suffered the consequences. Hopefully they learned a lesson. They should all be penalized with a few thousand hours of hard manual labor.
Robbie T September 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Another example of liberal media bias. How come they never report on the stories of LSD parties that don't end with kids spitting blood on police?
Soccer Dad September 30, 2013 at 02:29 PM
I grew up in Marin in the 1970's. Same as it ever was.
Jen Case Donnellan September 30, 2013 at 08:01 PM
http://www.inhalant.org/inhalant-abuse/inhalant-types/bath_salts/?gclid=CP6UoPOo9LkCFYaDQgod0SUA1Q I would say the police should check into this as I highly doubt, no pun intended, that those kids had acid or DMT.
Citizen October 01, 2013 at 11:05 AM
Our school parcel taxes and bond payments at work. Or do the approximate 11-12 participants go to private schools.
Magoo October 02, 2013 at 04:33 PM
The fittest survive. The foolish don't.
Matt Bianco October 03, 2013 at 06:00 PM
That's what happens when they take LSD without adult supervision and participation.
Robert October 04, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Robbie, I guess the LSD parties that don't end in people violently spitting up blood don't require the HELP of the police so there's nothing to report... just sayin'.


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