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Student charged with putting eyedrops in roommate's water, cites 'Wedding Crashers' for idea

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Jan. 21, 2011
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By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel

Jan. 21, 2011 0

A Brookfield woman who told police she was inspired by a scene in the movie “Wedding Crashers” has been charged with putting eyedrops in her college roommate’s water bottle to make her sick.

Luciana Reichel, 22, faces a single count of placing foreign objects in edibles, a felony punishable by up to 3 ½ years in prison. Her initial appearance is set for March.

According to a criminal complaint filed this week in Winnebago County, the tampering occurred in October when Reichel was living in a dorm at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Her roommate began feeling nauseated and suffering from diarrhea, loss of appetite and fatigue. Her doctor couldn’t explain the symptoms.

One day it was so bad, the victim had to leave a classroom in the middle of an exam.

Reichel had told at least one person she had been spiking her roommate’s water, and laughing about it. That person eventually told the victim, and campus police got involved. The victim turned over her 32-ounce pink bottle which she said she filled from hallway fountain and used exclusively to consume water in the dorm.

On Nov. 15, Reichel admitted she had gotten the idea from the 2005 film comedy about a couple of guys who try to meet women at weddings.

Reichel was a stand out swimmer at Brookfield Central High School who moved on to swim for UW-Oshkosh. The women’s coach there said Reichel is no longer on the team.

Last fall, both she and the victim were students at Fox Valley Technical College, which places some of its students at Gruenhagen Hall on the UW-Oshkosh campus.

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