VIDEO: Suspect Arrested for Spitting on Woman in Dispute over Social Distancing

A woman was arrested Thursday for allegedly spitting on another customer at a grocery store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Alexis Danilo said she moved out of the way when suspect Jacqueline McBride got too close to her as the two waited in line outside Di Bruno Brothers grocery store on Sunday, according to 6 ABC.

“She came too close to me and, you know, I just backed away from her and I guess that upset her, irritated her. And she, you know, just said ‘Bitch, I don’t have the disease.’ I ignored her, went in the store,” Danilo recalled.

However, McBride reportedly followed her into the market located in the 1700 block of Chestnut Street and bumped into her.

“I said something along the lines of ‘That was rude, there’s a pandemic going on,’ and then she just responded with ‘I’ll fight you right now,’ and then took off her mask and spit on my face,” Danilo said.

Moments later, McBride fled the scene.

Thankfully, Danilo was wearing a mask, glasses, and gloves when the alleged assault took place. Store employees responded by calling the police and making sure she was okay.

“Everyone at Di Bruno Bros. was really nice. They helped me wash my face so I could get the spit off,” Danilo said.

Days before the incident, the suspect also reportedly spat on an employee following an argument over how she planned on paying for her items.

“It’s jarring to be spit on in your face or just spit on in general,” Danilo said, adding, “Again, it’s just that given the fact that there’s a pandemic and everyone is trying to respect the social distancing.”

Following her arrest, McBride was charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, and harassment.

“I think people start losing their minds a little bit and it’s understandable but that’s an assault, it’s aggravated assault to knowingly do that to make people ill, intentionally,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.


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