JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police say a man knowingly tried to infect two police officers with Hepatitis C by spitting on them.
Officers Mohammed Pasha and Scott Byrd were called to the Gee Street Market around 11:30 a.m. Friday in reference to an assault in progress.
A witness told police he saw 26-year-old William B. Stanley punch a woman in the face. Officer Byrd said the victim had blood pouring from her nose and mouth.
The witness then pointed Stanley out to police. Officer Pasha said he had blood on his hand and was "spitting sputum which was light in color."
When the officers attempted to arrest Stanley, they say he tried to fight and resist arrest.
"We both tried to calm the suspect, but the suspect kept spitting at us," Officer Pasha said.
Officer Byrd stated that even when he was holding Stanley's head down and away from them, he was still trying to spit on them.
A probable cause affidavit states Stanley's spit hit the officers in the face area and on the chest and lapel of their uniforms.
After the officers were able to get Stanley into the back of the patrol car, the victim informed the officers that Stanley was Hepatitis C positive.
"So he knowingly tried to infect Officer Pasha and myself by spitting on us," Officer Byrd said.
When Officer Pasha got Stanley to the Craighead County Detention Center, he asked Stanley why he didn't tell them about his medical condition. Officer Pasha said Stanley replied that he didn't care, and "Die. You are police."
Stanley was cited for battery on a family/household member, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer.
Stanley was given a $10,000 bond. His next court appearance is April 20. If convicted of the charge of aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer, he could face up to 6 years in prison, and a fine of no more than $10,000.
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