SANTA FE – A Santa Fe man is facing charges after police say he entered a store and intentionally coughed on several people.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Edward Babcock was arrested last week after reports he was coughing on customers at a Big Lots store in Santa Fe.
According to a criminal complaint, the 40-year-old Babcock coughed on a woman and her 10-year-old daughter after telling the woman, “It’s on, it’s on.”
A witness told police Babcock was getting close to others and coughing on them, too.
Police say the victims all felt Babcock was exposing them to COVID-19.
Babcock was arrested and released. He was charged with two counts of assault.
It was not known if he had an attorney.