Roman Adams, an 18-year-old, has been taken into police custody in Minnesota after a horrific display of impatience at a local waterpark.
The suspect was allegedly visiting the Apple Valley Aquatic Center. He was waiting in line for one of the attractions at the park when he apparently became enraged with having to wait so long to enjoy the waterslide. Unbelievably, the young adult took out his frustrations on the customer ahead of him in line. That victim happened to be an eight-year-old boy. Investigators confirmed that the two individuals did not know each other prior to the incident.
The 18-year-old simply picked the youngster up and haphazardly tossed him from the waterslide’s 31-foot platform. Incredibly, the youngster survived the massive drop, but he is currently suffering from several broken bones. The hospital confirmed the boy had a broken femur, a shattered shoulder and numerous fractures to both feet. He is still recovering at the hospital, but his identity has not been released.
Police responded to the situation and took the suspect into custody. He was charged with third-degree felony assault, but authorities quickly learned that the individual had significant mental disabilities. When asked why he threw the young child from the platform, Adams simply explained that the line was taking too long. It’s unclear whether the suspect was aware of the consequences of his actions. Investigators are centering their investigation and potential charges around whether the suspect knowingly committed the crime or not.
Reports indicate that Adams was visiting the park with a personal care assistant. The assistant had chosen not to wait with Adams in the long line, and she told police that she was not in the area when the incident occurred.