Camden, N.J. – A Camden man is facing numerous charges after spitting on three police officers in two separate incidents, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Camden County Police Chief Joseph Wysocki.
Anthony McKee, 31, of Camden, is charged with the following:
- One count of second-degree Terroristic Threats During a State of Emergency
- Three counts of fourth-degree Throwing Bodily Fluid at a Law Enforcement Officer
- One count of Disorderly Conduct
- One count of Obstruction
- One count of Criminal Mischief
- One count of Refusing to Obey Lawful Orders
- One count of Violating Executive Order 107
Police were called to the 800 block of Atlantic Ave. in Camden around 4:30 p.m. on April 13 to a report of a man kicking at a front door and refusing to leave. When they responded, police found McKee sitting in the doorway. After speaking with him, McKee left without incident and the victim declined to press charges.
Shortly before 10 p.m., investigators say the victim called to report that McKee had returned to the home. During their second response to the home in the same day, police placed McKee under arrest.
When trying to speak with him through the window of a patrol vehicle, detectives said McKee spat on two officers while claiming he had coronavirus. He was then taken to the hospital to be tested for the virus. During testing, investigators said McKee spat in the face of a third officer.
“Spitting in someone’s face is one of the most disrespectful things you can do, but to do it during a pandemic and threaten the transfer of a potentially deadly virus is incomprehensible,” said Mayer. “This action will not be tolerated and anyone who spits on another person – not just police – and threatens transferring COVID-19 will be charged.”
He is currently being held in the Camden County Jail awaiting trial.
All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.