Man Attempts to Evade Arrest By Falsely Claiming He Has Coronavirus

April 19, 2020

A wanted man tried to exploit the coronavirus pandemic to get out of trouble.

The Florida resident took a novel approach when he hung a sign stating that he tested positive for the novel virus in an attempt to keep officers from pursuing him for outstanding crimes.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook to shut down anyone who may have a similar idea.

“Placing a fake “COVID-19″ sign on your door will not stop us from kicking it in when you have felony warrants for your arrest," they wrote.

The post revealed that Joshua Price wrote “COVID 19 infected since 4/8/20” in blue ink on a piece of paper and stuck it to his beat up front door using electrical tape.

The department said that deputies and detectives donned protective gear to arrest the 27-year-old on “on felony flee and elude law enforcement and violation of probation warrants.”

“The investigation revealed that the suspect created the fake sign as his idea to avoid arrest,” the post noted.

The sheriff’s office found “no indication” that Price contracted the virus.

“Price has been booked onto the county jail,” the office clarified.

In a photo posted on Facebook, Price was led out of his home wearing a face mask and handcuffs.

Newsweek reports that Florida law firm Hussein and Webber states fleeing and eluding is “considered a third-degree felony that is punishable by up to five years in prison or five years of probation.”

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