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Philadelphia man tries to poison ex's new boyfriend

Updated: Thursday, March 20 2014, 03:47 PM CDT
Posted by: Lea Jolan (LJWilson@SBGTV.com)

A suburban Philadelphia man is accused of sending a romantic rival a birthday card laced with the deadly poison ricin.

Authorities in Bucks County say 19-year-old Nicholas Helman was arrested at his Hatboro home Wednesday on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, risking a catastrophe and other counts.
 
Investigators say Helman told a co-worker that he sent the toxic card to his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend. The co-worker called police.
  
Authorities say Helman had the ingredients for making ricin and that tests confirmed the presence of the deadly chemical on the card.
  
Helman remains in custody pending a March 27 preliminary hearing.Philadelphia man tries to poison ex's new boyfriend


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