Report: Hoboken man coughs on Hackensack cops, says he has COVID-19, during arrest

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A Hoboken man coughed on Hackensack cops and said he was infected with COVID-19 as he was being arrested for attempting to burglarize a car after a street robbery, The Daily Voice reported.

Timothy Carriel. Photo courtesy of the Hackensack Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Timothy Carriel, 21, of Hoboken, was charged with strong-armed robbery and possession of burglary tools on Saturday night, the website reported.

Carriel had just robbed a man near the 100 block of Hudson Street by pretending to have a weapon late Saturday, Lt. Anthony DiPersia said, later resisting arrest and coughing on officers – exclaiming that he had COVID-19 – after he was caught breaking into a parked car.

According to public records, Carriel has a long rap sheet in North Jersey, with arrests in South Hackensack, Secaucus, Fort Lee, and Paramus to name a few.

In late 2018, he made headlines for giving the middle finger in his mugshot after being arrested for trashing a South Hackensack motel.