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Man facing charges for deliberately coughing near elderly victim in grocery store

Shoppers wait in the checkout line at a Stop & Shop supermarket during hours open daily only for seniors Thursday, March 19, 2020, in North Providence, R.I. This week grocery store chains and other retailers began offering special shopping hours for seniors and other groups considered the most vulnerable to the new coronavirus. The dedicated shopping times are designed to allow seniors, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions to shop among smaller crowds and reduce their chances of acquiring the virus. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Shoppers wait in the checkout line at a Stop & Shop supermarket during hours open daily only for seniors Thursday, March 19, 2020, in North Providence, R.I. This week grocery store chains and other retailers began offering special shopping hours for seniors and other groups considered the most vulnerable to the new coronavirus. The dedicated shopping times are designed to allow seniors, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions to shop among smaller crowds and reduce their chances of acquiring the virus. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (Copyright 2020 Associated Press)

A Pennsylvania man is facing charges after allegedly coughing in close proximity to an elderly citizen and told the victim that he had “the coronavirus.”

Daniel Tabussi, 57, is facing simple assault by physical menace, disorderly conduct and other related charges after the incident.

On March 20, police say an incident occurred at the Karns Grocery Store in the 1700 block of Spring Road in North Middleton Township.

Authorities say an elderly citizen who is currently recuperating from pneumonia went to the store during their Seniors-Only hours while wearing a medical face mask and medical gloves.

During that shopping trip, Tabussi allegedly approached the victim and deliberately coughed in close proximity to them.

Authorities say that Tabussi made numerous coughing sounds while smiling and laughing.

He also allegedly mocked the victim for wearing the mask, and told the man repeatedly that he "had the coronavirus."

Now, Tabussi is facing charges for his role in the incident.