Coquitlam man charged with assault for coughing on police

Suspect coughed on cops

A Lower Mainland man has been charged with a number of offences, including intentionally coughing on a police officer.

Cpl. Michael McLaughlin said the 24-year-old Coquitlam man was arrested after an alleged break and enter.

On April 6, the Coquitlam RCMP Prolific Target Team (PTT) arrested Tyson Helgason less than one hour after a break-in to a home in the 2500 block Ashurst Avenue, Coquitlam.

“We strive to be respectful even during an arrest, and with the new reality of Covid-19, we ask everyone that we’re speaking with if they feel sick or have any symptoms,” said McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. 

“In this case, the suspect confirmed with police that he was sick when asked. Despite being told not to face police, he allegedly turned his head towards three officers and purposefully coughed in their faces.”

Helgason has been charged with break and enter, assaulting a police officer and theft under $5000.

“The elderly couple that was victimized was home at the time of the alleged break and enter. They were not initially aware that a crime had taken place. Police were able to recover and return their jewellery and small amount of cash,” said McLaughlin.

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