Palm Bay Man Inhales Aerosol Duster at Staples in Melbourne

Palm Bay man inhales Duster aerosol can in parking lot at Staples in Melbourne, Florida.
Palm Bay man inhales Duster aerosol can in parking lot at Staples in Melbourne, Florida.

MELBOURNE, Florida – A Palm Bay man was found unresponsive in his vehicle in a Staples parking lot after inhaling from a Duster aerosol can, according to the Melbourne Police Department.

The manager of the Staples store, located at 1270 N. Wickham Road, called law enforcement about a spotting a suspicious man in the parking lot.

Officers arrived at the location and found 38-year-old Steven Joseph Mangiaracina, passed out in his vehicle, with the engine running. He was holding a can of Duster in his right hand.

Melbourne police knocked several times on the window and door, but Mangiaracina was unresponsive.

“I then observed Steven raise the white compressed air Duster can to his mouth and proceed to inhale the substance inside (Difluoroethane),” the officer said.

Huffing causes loss of control and periods of feeling drowsy for several hours along with confusion.

Mangiaracina proceeded to inhale the Duster aerosol several more times as officers stood outside the door and observed him. So, they called Fire Rescue.

When Mangiaracina awoke again, officers asked him to unlock the door. He would continue to go in and out of consciousness.

Mangiaracina told police that he couldn’t unlock the door because he couldn’t find the button, according to the affidavit. A few minutes later, he put the driver’s side window down, and police reached in and opened the vehicle door.

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After being medically cleared by Fire Rescue, Mangiaracina was arrested and charged with DUI, and Inhaling Harmful Chemicals.

In December 2017, Mangiaracina was arrested on the same charges after a Walmart customer watched him inhale a can of Duster in their parking lot.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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