BELMONT, NC (AP) — Police in North Carolina have arrested a man they accuse of coughing at a customers at a Walmart store and saying he had COVID-19.
The Gaston Gazette reports that Robert Eugene Heffner, 26, of Belmont, was arrested on Friday night.
The newspaper cites arrest warrants stating that Heffner “purposely coughed at a customer” and said he had coronavirus.
The warrant warns that his actions could cause fear among the public.
Online jail records show that Heffner was charged with misdemeanor counts of a public health violation and failure to comply.
Jail records didn’t list whether he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.