Florida Man Puts Bleach in Coworkers Drink Because He’s Difficult to Work With

Florida man Jerome Ellis, 48, of Deland is sitting in the Volusia County jail for pouring bleach into a co-workers drink because he’s “difficult to work with.”

The story begins at a Dollar General store in Deland, Florida where Ellis and the victim work. The pair got into an argument and after things cooled off, the victim went to the men’s room. Prior to going, he placed his can of soda on the counter.

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When the victim was out of sight, Ellis took a jug of bleach and poured some into the victims soda and then wiped off the can. Ellis walked away, but apparently had a change of heart. He returned to the counter area, picked up the soda can, and then spat into it.

The victim returned from the men’s room and took a swig of soda, noticing that it tasted like bleach. Law enforcement was notified, and Volusia County Deputies arrived at the Dollar General.

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Upon arrival, the deputies interviewed Ellis about the incident. Ellis stated he and the victim were not in any argument and he didn’t know anything about the bleach. Then he stated that he was doing some cleaning up by the counter and possibly some bleach may have spilled out and got into the victims soda.

Deputies then went to check the stores surveillance cameras. There they found hard evidence that Ellis intentionally poisoned the victims soda. And as a bonus, evidence that Ellis attempted to shut off the stores surveillance cameras.

When confronted with the evidence Ellis stated that he put a little bleach around the rim of the can to get back at the victim for being “difficult to work with.”

Ellis was transported to the Volusia County Jail where he was charged with tampering with evidence, and poisoning food or water. The tampering charge has a $2,500 bond, but the poisoning charge has No Bond, so he’s still sitting in jail.


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