Mid-Missouri man accused of threatening to infect store clerks with COVID-19

Anthony Nunes



An Ashland man is accused of threatening to give clerks at a store in Cole County COVID-19 by coughing on them.

Anthony Nunes, 26, is charged with two counts of first-degree harassment.

A Cole County Sheriff's Department probable cause statement does not indicate which stores these alleged incidents occurred, but one was reported Friday and the other Saturday.

In each case, the clerks said Nunes told them he had COVID-19 and asked them if they wanted him to give it to them.

Both victims claimed Nunes was coughing and told them he had a high fever and sore throat.

As of Monday afternoon, Nunes was be held in the Cole County Jail on a $5,000 bond, Cole County Sheriff John Wheeler said.

"We have a protocol we go through with all prisoners who come through our facility," Wheeler said. "Part of that protocol is taking their temperatures. We did this for this individual (Nunes), and he did not have a temperature when he came in and as of Monday afternoon did not have one."