While the whole world is in a panic because of coronavirus, some are using the virus to get away with petty crimes.
In a recent incident, a California woman was arrested over the weekend for allegedly threatening an LAPD officer with a cough. Reports say that that a Los Angeles police officer encountered a woman who became argumentative when confronted about why she was in a handicap parking spot without the proper documentation.
Apparently, the unidentified woman then claimed she had coronavirus and threatened to cough on the police officer. After going back and forth with the woman, the officer arrested her for felony criminal threats. It is not clear if the woman was actually infected with the coronavirus, but the officer made sure to disinfect afterward.
The D.A. has the option to convict the woman with a felony charge if it sticks, or they could reduce it to a misdemeanor.
On previous reports, over 3,000 people are currently infected with COVID-19 in the U.S alone, with officials banning social gatherings of 50 or more, “Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities,” the CDC said.