Texas Woman Poisoned After Touching Napkin Stuffed in Car Door Handle

After leaving a Houston restaurant, a Texas woman discovered a napkin stuffed in her car’s door handle. Upon touching the napkin, she fell ill almost immediately — and her doctor said that she had been poisoned.

Erin Mims was celebrating her birthday last Tuesday afternoon with her husband at a Houston-area restaurant. When she left the restaurant, she noticed someone had stuffed a napkin in the door handle on the passenger side of her car.

The woman pulled the napkin out of the door and opened it to get into the car. When she got inside, she asked her husband if he had put the napkin there — he said no.

Mims then decided to go back into the restaurant to wash her hands. Just a few short minutes later, she began feeling a tingling sensation in her arm.

“Maybe five minutes, my whole arm started tingling and feeling numb. I couldn’t breathe. I started getting hot flashes, my chest was hurting, my heart was beating really fast,” Mims told Fox 26 Houston’s Sherman Desselle.

Mims husband immediately took her to a hospital where doctors rushed to determine what substance had caused the symptoms she was experiencing. According to Mims, her vital signs were jumping all over the place.

Unfortunately, while the doctors agreed that she had been poisoned, they were unable to identify the poisonous substance.

“The doctor came in, and told me it wasn’t enough in my system to determine what it was, but said it was acute poisoning from an unknown substance,” the woman said, noting that the doctor did tell her he thought it could have been an attempt to kidnap her.

Officials with the Houston Police Department took an assault report. Speaking with Fox 26, the department revealed that they had never seen a similar complaint before.

An official with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) also confirmed that they had not heard of this type of attack either.

Fox 26 spoke with poison control expert Mark Winter from the Southeast Houston Poison Center, who noted that Mims’ symptoms could match up to hundreds of different toxins.

Winter further stated that her exposure was “casual” or minimal.

Mims told Fox 26 that she decided to share her story in a post on social media, and the post quickly went viral. She also revealed that several people responded, telling her that they had experienced similar situations. Fox 26 noted that they were unable to confirm the reports.

“All I could do was think about my babies. It was the scariest moment of my life,” Mims said.