SPARTA TOWNSHIP, NJ - Last week, police were called to the Stop & Shop after Vadim Sakiewicz, 73, reportedly "became combative" with a store employee who asked him to comply with the state of New Jersey's order, to wear a face mask while food shopping. He was then asked to leave the store.
Sakiewicz refused to leave and was approached by another employee. He told both workers that he had COVID-19 and intentionally coughed on them, according to court documents.
When police attempted to apprehend the man, he spat on them and attempted to bite the officers.
Sakiewicz was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, making terroristic threats, resisting arrest, obstruction, criminal mischief and failure to follow a state directive. He is currently being held at the Sussex County Jail without bond.
In 2013, the Polish national was convicted of defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, stemming from an incident where he became "aggressive" and apparently tried to run over people while roller-blading on the boardwalk in Sparta.
He spent 40 days behind bars for those charges.
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