NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 34-year-old New Brunswick man has been included on a list of New Jersey residents who have recently violated Gov. Phil Murphy's executive orders.
According to the press release from New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and State Police Col. Patrick Callahan, Terrance Edwards told police responding to a call Monday that he had coronavirus COVID-19.
Edwards was arrested after he allegedly broke into a residence while naked and armed with a knife. He left that residence and allegedly attempted unsuccessfully to break into a neighboring residence.
When officers arrived, Edwards yelled that he had the coronavirus, according to the press release.
Edwards has been charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and "violation of the executive orders."
Murphy's so-called "Stay At Home" Order sought to limit movement of non-essential residents. He has repeatedly stated that social distancing is the only defense against the spread of COVID-19.
Last week, Murphy began to use his daily press conference to single out "knuckleheads" who refuse to obey the state's Stay At Home Order - and attack police officers in the process.
Last Thursday, he pledged that those who attack police officers during the process will face stiff penalties.
Anyone who assaults a police officer during the state-of-emergency will face a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine and 18 months in prison. Those who make terroristic threats toward an officer will face even harsher penalties, Murphy said.
Grewal and Callahan began on Sunday to publish a list of New Jersey residents who have violated social distancing orders.
Sunday's list included John Maldjian, 54, of Rumson, who played acoustic guitar versions of Pink Floyd songs on the front porch of his home and attracted a crowd that became unruly when asked to leave, according to authorities. Rumson Police charged Maldjian with reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, and two separate charges related to violating the emergency orders, according to state authorities.
According to Monday's list, the Newark Police Department’s COVID-19 task force issued 26 summonses for violations of the emergency orders and ordered four non-essential businesses closed in enforcement actions April 5.