JERSEY CITY, NJ - A 51-year-old Jersey City man arrested on May 15 in connection with three armed robberies was further charged with making terroristic threats and aggravated assault on a police officer after he allegedly indicated that he might be infected with coronavirus and  spit in an officer’s face.

“We’re cracking down on those who jeopardize public health and undermine public safety,” New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said announcing the arrest. “We have zero patience for those who spit on cops, gouge prices, or try to exploit this pandemic for their personal gain.”

The charges against Jose Ruiz that also include unlawful possession of a gun and unlawful possession of a knife stem from an incident that took place on May 2 and two on  May 9.

“Although law enforcement and medical professionals are on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19, we are ultimately winning the war because of the extraordinary resolve and fortitude of New Jersey citizens who are doing their part day in and day out, abiding by the executive orders and sacrificing for the greater good,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “Those who choose to ignore the law and selfishly place others at risk will face swift law enforcement action.”