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Terror charge for man over alleged cough on supermarket employee

Terror charge for man over alleged cough on supermarket employee”

New Jersey prosecutors charged a man accused of coughing on another individual in stores and claiming that he was infecting with the coronavirus.

In the video, which was widely shared across several social media platforms, Pfister says, "Who's scared of the coronavirus?".

Phil Murphy, the New Jersey Governor, in a news conference said there were "knuckleheads out there" and that law enforcement was taking action against "egregious" behavior as the state locks down in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

Grewal charged Falcone with terrorism in the third degree and obstructing the administration of law in the fourth degree, given the current coronavirus crisis.

Manalapan grocery store staff member anxious that George Falcone was standing too close to her and a food stand open around 6:30 p.m. Sunday - and asked her to step back, prosecutor said General of the State, Gurbir S. Grewal, in a press release.

Instead, the 50-year-old creep allegedly came closer and "purposely" sprayed her with his germs, Grewal said.

According to prosecutors, Falcone then allegedly told two other Wegmans employees that they're lucky to have jobs amid the pandemic.

A detective with the Manalapan Police Department was working a security detail and approached Falcone, who refused to cooperate or identify himself.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said the current hard times call for people to be considerate rather than "engage in intimidation and spread fear, as alleged in this case".

He added: "We must do everything we can to deter this type of conduct and any similar conduct that harms others during this emergency".

The state's attorney general, Gurbir Grewal, announced the charges against George Falcone on Tuesday. The most serious charge, terroristic threats, carries a punishment of up to five years, and a $15,000 fine.

Authorities also charged Falcone with harassment and obstruction of justice.

In New Jersey there are 3,765 cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning and there have been 44 deaths.

Daniel Tabussi, 57, of Carlisle, is charged with terroristic threats, simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment in the incident Friday in a grocery store near Carlisle.

Police alleged Tabussi deliberately made coughing sounds near the man, while he smiled and laughed. He reportedly mocked the man for wearing a mask and claimed he was infected with the coronavirus.



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