Twice-Deported Man Beats Woman, Resists Arrests, Gives The 'Rona To 2 Cops
Culpeper, VA – Two Culpeper police officers have tested positive for coronavirus after they had to go “hands on” with an infected twice-deported illegal immigrant who was assaulting a woman.
Culpeper Police Major Chris Settle said three officers were exposed to COVID-19 when they responded to a domestic violence incident in progress at about 2 a.m. on April 28, WTTG reported.
The police department said in a post on the Culpeper Police Department’s official Facebook page on Monday that when officers arrived at the home, they could hear a woman screaming inside it.
Officers made entry to the residence and found a man beating the woman up and attempted to detain him, according to the Facebook post.
But police said the suspect resisted arrest and forced officers to go “hands on” with him to take him into custody.
“Long story short, we had to utilize use of force to get the male in custody,” Maj. Settle told WTTG.
But because officers arrived at an assault-in-progress, they rushed into the home to intervene without taking the time to put on personal protective equipment (PPE) first.
The suspect was screened for coronavirus at the Culpeper County Jail and got a presumptive positive, so he was diverted to Novant/University of Virginia Culpeper Medical Center where he officially tested positive, according to the Culpeper police’s Facebook post.
Then he was transferred back to the jail and booked in with no bond, initially.
Upon making the arrest, Culpeper police learned the suspect was an illegal immigrant who had already been deported from the United States twice, according to the department’s Facebook post.
Maj. Settle said law enforcement notified U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that the illegal immigrant had been detained, but the federal agency opted not to pick him up as they typically would, WTTG reported.
“ICE did not come get him, and I think for obvious reasons,” he said. “I think because he had COVID-19.”
The major said police were not notified hours later when the Culpeper Juvenile Domestic and Relations Court held a bond hearing and released the suspect back into the community with no bond, WTTG reported.
A few days later, two of the officers who arrested the suspect tested positive for coronavirus, the police department said.
“As of today, they have mild symptoms at home in the early parts of this, and we’re hoping for the best,” Major Settle explained.
The third officer has been in quarantine, WTTG reported.
Police have not released the name or a picture of the suspect because of medical privacy restrictions, and there has been significant blowback from the Culpeper community.
“We totally understand that, we totally get it,” Major Settle told WTTG. “But again it is a medical privacy issue and does create a liability.”
Police don’t know where the suspect is now, but said there is a domestic violence restraining order in place that prohibits him from returning to the home where he was arrested.