Coronavirus: Two Suspects Cough While Arresting Police In Mayerthorpe: RCMP

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A man and a woman were each charged with assaulting a police officer after coughing on Sunday after arresting their officers.

According to a press release on Sunday afternoon, the RCMP was called at 46 Avenue and 49 in Mayerthrope at approximately 7:00 am on April 11 for complaints of housebreaking and mischief to a number vehicles in the region.

The RCMP say they found the suspect and that he had symptoms of COVID-19.










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According to the statement, when the RCMP arrested the man, he deliberately coughed into the face of an officer. Police said they took the man to the hospital for a “preexisting injury unrelated to his arrest”.

While the man was in the hospital, a woman came to visit him, but the RCMP said that she “became disruptive and had to be escorted out of the hospital, “At that time, she deliberately coughed against one of the RCMP officers.”

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Shortly thereafter, hospital staff reported that the same woman had broken into vehicles in the hospital parking lot.

The statement describes how the police arrested the woman, but she resisted. The woman was placed inside the police vehicle, where she “caused significant damage”.

Police said the woman also had symptoms of COVID-19.

Jayden James Topley, 20, of Lac Ste-Anne, Alta. was charged with assaulting a police officer and four counts of mischief under $ 5,000.










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Charlotte Gileen Mills, 35, of Barrhead County, Alberta, faces two counts of assault against police, resistant to arrest, count of mischief under $ 5,000 and one count of mischief $ 5,000.

Topley will remain in custody until his first hearing date, April 15, 2020. Mills has been released on $ 2,000 cash bail and is now under house arrest with a number of conditions. His next court appearance is June 25, 2020.

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