A 27-year-old man who ran to a Grapevine police officer told him that he had COVID-19 and coughed in the face of the officer who is accused of harassment, Grapevine police announced Tuesday.
The man later told the Grapevine police that it was a joke.
Grapevine police identified the suspect as Jonathan Dechoudens of Grapevine.
The incident occurred on Friday around 12:45 pm while the Grapevine officer was seated in his marked patrol unit in a parking lot on the Northwest Highway in Grapevine.
The officer had lowered the window of his driver.
At one point, Dechoudens is accused of running to the car from the driver’s side, coughing in the agent’s face and telling him that he had a coronavirus.
Fearing that he would be exposed to the potentially deadly virus, Grapevine’s officer called other officers and doctors to the scene to screen for Dechoudens.
Dechoudens was then arrested and imprisoned in Grapevine prison for terrorist threat. The charge was later turned into harassment against an official after consulting with the Tarrant district prosecutor’s office.
He was then taken to Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth, where he was released on $ 2,000 bail.
Since the incident, Constable Grapevine has no symptoms and is monitored daily. His temperature is checked on each shift, as are all employees entering the Grapevine Public Safety Building.
Grapevine police noted that anyone who claims to have the virus and is trying to transmit it to someone else will be charged.
Carrollton police arrested an 18-year-old girl who checked into a Walmart Tuesday morning after declaring on Saturday that she had tested and spread the coronavirus.
Carrollton police identified the teenager as Lorraine Maradiaga. Police said Maradiaga was charged with a terrorist threat.
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