Idiot claims to have Coronavirus, coughs at Kearny cops: KPD

File this one under the valley of the stupid times a thousand. That someone would actually do this — and potentially put our police officers in harm’s way — is mind-boggling.

According to Capt. Timothy Wagner, the public-information officer of the Kearny Police Department, on April 6, 2020, at approximately 1:04 a.m., Kearny officers responded to the area of Kearny Avenue and Dukes Street on a citizen’s report of a man attempting to enter parked vehicles by trying their door handles.

Officers located Marco Costa, 28, of Harrison, nearby. Subsequent to a further investigation, Costa was arrested.

Because, according to Wagner, during his search incident to arrest, Costa allegedly told officers, “I have Corona,” before turning his head and coughing in the direction of the searching officer and then in the directions of two back-up officers.

All officers were wearing N95-style masks at the time of the arrest. None of the officers required medical care as a result of the incident.

Costa was charged on a warrant with five counts of criminal-attempt burglary in the third degree [N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1a (2C:18-2a)]; three counts of throwing bodily fluid at a law enforcement officer in the fourth degree [N.J.S.A. 2C:12-13]; making terroristic threats in the second degree (during a period of declared national, state, or county emergency) [N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3a]; possession of a hypodermic syringe, a disorderly persons offense; and possession of drug paraphernalia (a rubber tourniquet and a mirror), a disorderly persons offense.

Costa was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility to await his first court appearance.

Editors note: We can only hope that first appearance isnt soon.

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