Man Faces Terror Charge After Allegedly Coughing Toward Worker, Citing Virus

  • Man Faces Terror Charge After Allegedly Coughing Toward Worker, Citing Virus

Man Faces Terror Charge After Allegedly Coughing Toward Worker, Citing Virus

According to the press release, a Wegmans "employee was concerned that Falcone was standing too close to her and an open display of prepared foods, so she requested that he step back as she covered the food".

50-year-old George Falcone has been charged with making terroristic threats after his actions in a branch of Wegmans in Manalapan, New Jersey, on Sunday evening. Instead, prosecutors said, he leaned toward her and purposely coughed, laughing and saying he was infected with the coronavirus, which causes a respiratory illness known as COVID-19 that can be severe or fatal.

A detective of the Manalapan Police Department was working a security detail at the store and approached Falcone, who allegedly refused to cooperate or provide his name or driver's license.

Falcone denied the allegations in a Facebook message to Reuters on Tuesday: "Didn't cough on anyone and never mentioned corona". Falcone went on to tell two other employees at the store that they were "lucky to have jobs".

In a observation, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) stated, "He coughed at the lady and informed her, after doing so, that he had coronavirus".

"Exploiting people's fears and creating panic during a pandemic emergency is reprehensible".

"These are extremely hard times in which all of us are called upon to be considerate of each other- not to engage in intimidation and spread fear, as alleged in this case", the attorney general said.

Within the video, which was once broadly shared throughout a number of social media platforms, Pfister says, "Who is fearful of the coronavirus?"

Third-degree terrorism charges carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000, while fourth-degree charges carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Authorities also charged Falcone with harassment and obstruction of justice.

New Jersey has at least 3,675 confirmed cases and 44 people have died, the newspaper writes.

Grocery stores such as Wegmans are exempt from the order.

That man was wearing the protective gear also in part because he was recovering from pneumonia.

Police allege that Tabussi deliberately made coughing sounds near the man, while he smiled and laughed.