Kipp Wentz
Kipp Wentz

A dust-up over dust-remover spray inside a Walmart men's room stall ended with police tasing a man who'd allegedly been inhaling the product.

Kipp Ordean Wentz, 31, of 733 Glenville Road in West Manheim Township, remains in York County Prison on $50,000 bail, charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, retail theft, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and illegal use of solvents and noxious substances.

It happened about 1:25 p.m. Saturday inside the Walmart on Baltimore Pike in West Manheim Township, according to township police.

Chief Tim Hippensteel said officers were called to the store by employees who reported finding Wentz inside a men's room stall "huffing" the condensed-gas spray. They found him while investigating a chemical smell so strong it burned their throats and eyes, the chief said.

Wentz was huffing two cans of the dust spray, which he'd taken from the store, according to the chief.

Locked in stall: He had locked himself inside the stall and wouldn't come out, forcing Officer Gregory Seibert to kick in the stall door, Hippensteel said.

Wentz fought with Seibert and "aggressively resisted" arrest, police allege.

Seibert used a Taser to subdue and handcuff Wentz, who suffered a small facial cut during the scuffle, Hippensteel said.

Seibert wasn't hurt, but his eyeglasses, badge and uniform were damaged, the chief said.

Inhaling condensed gas sprays causes an almost instantaneous high that can cause brain damage, according to Hippensteel.

Other incidents: Other dust-spray incidents include an incident on Aug. 11 during which a woman bought dust-remover spray at the Walmart, huffed it, then crashed her car into a wall as she was driving home along Baltimore Pike, the chief said.

Police arrested the same woman for huffing chemical spray on Sept. 1, after officers were called to her home for a domestic dispute, he said.

Hippensteel said his department likely is seeing more abuse of such chemicals because they're easy to buy and perfectly legal -- until someone inhales them.

It's unclear whether Wentz has retained an attorney.

-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at levans@yorkdispatch.com.