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Man Threatens to Infect Bystander with COVID-19 Virus

Police unable to locate suspect after he says he can spread Coronavirus

Published on Monday, April 6, 2020 | 3:44 pm

The Pasadena Police Department responded to a call for service last week after a man threatened to infect a local family with the Coronavirus.

The incident happened shortly after 5:30 p.m. on April 2 on Catalina Avenue.

At that time a man was standing in his driveway when an unknown man came and stood next to him. When the homeowner asked if the man needed anything, the man began pretending to talk on his cellphone and walked away.

After speaking to someone in a car up the street the man returned to the driveway and this time said, “We all need to band together coz of the war.”

When the unidentified man was asked to keep a safe distance, he responded by saying, “I already had it so I’m immune to it but I can spread it to you guys. I can give it to you!”

The family reentered their homes and showered and called the police.

According to healthcare providers, if the unknown man had the virus previously, he could not still pass it on.

However, it is a crime to knowingly expose another person to an infectious, communicable, or contagious disease in California.

“We did receive a call for service, but we did not locate the man,” said Pasadena Police spokesperson William Grisafe. “If anyone has a similar encounter we urged them to call the Pasadena Police Department.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241 at any hour.

Police said you may also report information anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store or by using the website

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