Cops: Boss' coffee spiked with urine, chemicals

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    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]And then there's bitter revenge.[/font]

    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]A Skokie man has been charged with attempted murder for trying to kill his boss by filtering poisonous chemicals through his company's coffeepot for weeks, Cook County prosecutors said Friday.[/font]

    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Kemarat Vathananand, a pollution control operator at Schiller Park-based Castle Metal Finishing Corp., allegedly put lead acetate, sodium dimethyldithiocarbamate and urine in the coffeepots because he was angry at a vice president of the company who told him he could not drink coffee in the shop area, investigators said.[/font]

    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]"He was upset with them because he was unable to drink coffee where he wanted,'' said Mike Marrazzo, a public information officer for Schiller Park Police.[/font]

    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]A Cook County judge ordered Vathananand, 50, of Skokie held on a $100,000 bond. He has worked for the company for 15 years.[/font]

    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]When employees of the company first noticed a bitter taste in the coffee three months ago, they bought new coffeepots, Marrazzo said.[/font]

    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]When that didn't work, an employee took a sample from the coffeepot and ran his own test, said Tom Stanton, a spokesman for the state's attorney's office. The test came back positive for lead acetate, and employees called police.[/font]

    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Schiller Park Police installed a hidden camera at the company Oct. 19, and just over a week later, Vathananand was captured on tape pouring something into the coffee maker, Stanton said.

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