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Man goes to hospital with toilet seat attached after super glue incident at Ekton Walmart

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Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 12:00 am

Someone smeared super glue on a toilet seat in a public restroom in Elkton last week, setting a trap that caught an unwitting man, police and emergency workers confirmed Monday. Officials wouldn't say how long the 48-year-old Cecil County man was stuck inside a men's bathroom at the Walmart in the 1000 block of East Pulaski Highway, before he was able to summon help.

Emergency workers arrived at the store about 7 p.m. on Thursday, according to a Singerly Volunteer Fire Co. spokesman. Over the emergency radio, a dispatcher indicated that the man in need of rescue was super glued to a toilet seat.

"At the scene, they had to remove the toilet seat from the toilet. They unbolted the seat and then took him out with it still attached to him," said Lt. Matthew Donnelly, a spokesman for the Elkton Police Department, which sent an officer to the store. He said emergency room doctors removed the seat at Union Hospital.

"I'm not sure what means they used to remove the toilet seat," Donnelly said, citing medical privacy laws.

Elkton police are investigating, Donnelly said.

"We consider this to be a second-degree assault case," Donnelly said. "It's no different than any other crime, where we don't have a suspect. We still respond to the scene, make a report and investigate."

Because the incident happened on the night before April Fools' Day, investigators believe that the spreading of industrial-strength adhesive on a public toilet seat might have been a random prank.

"The man was not targeted. He just happened to be the first one who sat on the toilet after the superglue was put there," Donnelly said.

Also because it was so close to April Fools' Day, some emergency and law enforcement officers initially thought the call was a hoax.

"This is definitely a first for us, at least that I can remember," Donnelly said.

Welcome to the discussion.


  • richardboone posted at 2:38 pm on Fri, Apr 8, 2011.

    richardboone Posts: 29

    Whoever did that lowdown assault with the super glue should be horsewhipped. --PL

  • bonniejil posted at 11:43 am on Fri, Apr 8, 2011.

    bonniejil Posts: 0

    Super glue dries very quickly. He would have to have seen someone leaving the bathroom. Very suspicious.

  • anonymous posted at 6:15 am on Fri, Apr 8, 2011.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    OH, come on mokyfellow. Everyone knows how bad super glue is to remove. Why would anyone do something like that to them selves? Who would want the world to know that he was sitting there with it all hanging out??? UNLESS, you are the one that put it there in the first place. Only someone with your attitude would do something like that.

  • anonymous posted at 4:06 pm on Thu, Apr 7, 2011.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    I have to wonder if this fellow did not do this to himself. Get attention? Open a door for a lawsuit!We probably will never know for sure.

  • anonymous posted at 10:07 am on Thu, Apr 7, 2011.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    FYI folks: cyanoacrylate glue better known as super glue disolves with acetone. You can find acetone in finger nail polish remover. The trick is to take your time and let the chemical do it's work. Also acetone will really, really dry out your skin.Before using a lot of in a situation like this, I would test it in a small area on the person to make sure they don't have any sensitivities. I would also test it on another toilet seat in the room to see how it behaves.


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