With the current pandemic, a lot of people are feeling unsafe while out in public. Our essential workers are putting a lot on the line to keep the peace in our communities, including the police force. Grapevine Police Department revealed in a press release that a Texas man coughed in a policeman's face and claimed he had COVID-19. He was then arrested.
In the press release on their Facebook page, Grapevine PD claimed that "a 27-year-old man thought it would be funny to purposefully cough into the face of one of our officers while saying he had the coronavirus."
They continue their post saying "With more than 10,000 deaths reported in the United States linked to COVID-19, we did not see the humor."
The male suspect, named Jonathan Dechoudens, was taken in to get immediate medical testing to see if he really had the virus.
The police officer who was coughed on also had to get tested along with the suspect. The suspect was cleared by medics for showing no symptoms of the novel coronavirus.
Dechoudens was then arrested and charged with Harassment of a Public Servant. This crime is a third-degree felony in Texas.
The Grapevine Police Department follow up their message to their community with a statement on their values and goals. "We value your lives and your safety and will continue to do all we can to keep you protected. That includes arresting people who claim they are infecting others with a devastating virus."
This isn't the first case of a Texas local making false COVID-19 claims. An 18-year-old from Carrollton, Texas was just arrested this week for sharing Snapchat videos that showed her claiming to be purposefully spreading the virus at a Walmart.
Police are proving that they will take these claims seriously during a time of crisis, as shown with Jonathan Dechoudens.
The Grapevine PD finish off their public statement with "Spread the word. Don't be like Jonathan."