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Florida man charged with spitting at police, claiming coronavirus

Christopher Abad
Posted at 10:26 AM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 12:22:02-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man spit at police officers and told them he had the new coronavirus as they arrested him for shoplifting at a convenience store.

Orlando police say 26-year-old Christopher Abad was arrested Monday night at a 7-11 and charged with theft, assault, battery on a law enforcement officer and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Police say Abad coughed on and tried to kick an officer who attempted to handcuff him. Authorities say Abad then spit on the officer and tried to spit on other officers.

Police haven’t confirmed whether Abad was tested for the coronavirus after his arrest.