Southwestern Missouri man accused of throwing acid on couple
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A southwestern Missouri man is accused of injuring a couple by throwing acid on them during a confrontation.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that 27-year-old Joseph Mangione was charged Tuesday in Greene County with second-degree assault.
Authorities allege in a probable cause statement that the couple confronted the bicycle-riding Mangione on Sunday about an earlier incident in which he allegedly sprayed the woman with pepper spray.
Investigators say that's when Mangione thrust a bottle at the man, spilling suspected acid on the couple.
The victims were treated for chemical burns at a hospital.
Mangione told police the couple had hit him with their car and that he never threw acid on anyone.
Online court records don't show whether he has an attorney.