Police are currently looking for a woman who is accused of purposely coughing in the face of a 1-year-old baby at a California frozen yogurt shop. The San Jose Police Department released security camera photos of the woman on Monday, June 22, asking for the public’s help in identifying her and bringing her to justice.
- The incident took place on Friday, June 19. Local resident Mireya Mora was at the Yogurtland location with her son and was standing in line behind the woman in question. While there was no major altercation prior, Mora told ABC7 that the woman got frustrated that Mora and her son in his stroller were too close so she turned around, removed her mask, and coughed on the child purposely.
- The child’s mother was totally in shock. “Coughing on someone’s face. She did it on purpose it’s not like she did it on accident, oh cough, cough – no she purposely coughed on my son’s face,” Moya said. “It happened so quick I was in shock. She got close, she took off her mask, and she coughed three times super hard on my son’s face.”
- Mora believes the incident was racially motivated. “I believe this woman may be racist because the family in front of her is white. Me and my grandma are Hispanic and she started telling me about my distance and harassing me and my son once I started speaking Spanish to my grandma,” said Mora. The security footage would seem to back up her claim, as Mora and her son are seen standing at a good distance from the woman in question.
- If you recognize the woman, get in touch with the San Jose Police Department. The woman in question is described as being in her 60s and of medium build. She was last seen wearing a gray bandana, glasses, and patterned sneakers. Any information can be reported to Detective Dan Bowman of the San Jose Police Department’s Assaults Unit at 408-277-4161.