At J. Arnold Walker Insurance and Financial Services , Angie Toler Capps thought she had found a job conducive to raising a young child.

But with just two days on the job, police say, Capps' boss, Joe Arnold Walker, spiked her drink with what was later determined to be Xanax.

Walker, 66, of 705 Briarwood St. in Reidsville, was arrested Oct. 19, said Reidsville Police Capt. Guilio Dattero. Walker is charged with two counts of contamination of food or drink and was released on a $50,000 unsecured bond, Dattero said.

Capps reported the incident Oct. 9. According to the police report, Capps said she had met Walker three weeks before in the Reidsville post office. Walker asked Capps if she was job hunting.

"He initiated conversation with her," Dattero said.

Capps said in the report that she considered Walker's offer because of the job's hours and the fact that she had a small child. She gave Walker her phone number, and he called her a week later. Capps eventually went to work for the company, where she performed secretarial tasks.

On her first day, Capps told police, Walker offered to get her breakfast. The Sprite that Walker gave her "didn't taste exactly right."

Capps reported that the next day, Walker had filled her cup with ice. After pouring her drink into the cup, Capps noticed that it, too, did not taste as it should.

She left the office and purchased another drink but said she later saw Walker place his hands inside the lid.

With cup in hand, Capps left work. In her car she noticed a pill in the drink. She called her husband and reported the incident to police.

Dattero said the portion of the pill recovered from that drink was Xanax. He would not comment on what police believe to be the motive for the alleged crime.

A phone number for Capps could not be found. A woman who answered the phone at Walker's office referred calls about the matter to Eden attorney Doug Hux.

Hux said of Walker, "He's been a businessman for 45 years in good standing in the community" and that the case would be submitted to a judge.

  • Drug Facts
  • Mixing Xanax with Alcohol can be deadly.
  • Since Xanax is so readily available some abusers may never have to pay for the drug.
  • Xanax addiction withdrawal studies in which patients on xanax dosages of two miligrams a day for one year indicate that some individuals experience withdrawal symptom recurrence.
  • Xanax comes in two forms: 1-mg lavender-colored tablets referred to as "footballs" or "blues" which sell for around $2 and 2-mg white rectangular-shaped pills (nicknamed "bars," "coffins" or "french fries") which go for $5 to $10.
  • Illegal possesion of Xanax is a felony and carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and a $5,000 fine.