California authorities are looking for a woman who coughed on a baby at a San Jose restaurant last week.
San Jose Police announced Monday they are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the “assault suspect” after a woman in her 60s purposefully coughed on a 1-year-old baby at a local Yogurtland on June 12.
At around 5:25 p.m., surveillance video captured the woman walking over to a stroller and coughing at least two times over the child, according to the press release.
You can watch the full incident below:
The suspect then left the business, Sergeant Enrique Garcia wrote in the release.
The woman has yet to be identified or arrested as of the morning of June 23.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Suspect Was Upset at the Mother for Not ‘Maintaining Proper Social Distancing,’ Police Say
The female suspect, described as a white woman with a medium build, was standing in front of the mother and her child, according to the release.
Garcia wrote that she “was upset that the mother was not maintaining proper social distancing.”
The woman then proceeded to remove her face mask and cough in the baby’s face two to three times.
The woman was last seen sporting a gray bandana, glasses, long-sleeved shirt with gray vertical lines, white dress pants and patterned tennis shoes, the police statement discloses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the virus is mainly spread through respiratory droplets released into the air by acts like coughing or sneezing.
The CDC also claims that the spread is “more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).”
California has had more than 178,000 positive cases so far, the California Department of Public Health reported.
The Child’s Mother Says She Thinks the Incident Was Racially Motivated
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In an interview with ABC7, the mother said she believes the attack was motivated by race.
Mireya Mora explained that the woman was upset because she felt Mora was too close in line, ABC7 reported.
“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 told the station.
Mora told ABC7 that the woman started to harass her only after she began speaking in Spanish to her grandma.
“I believe this woman may be racist because the family in front of her is white,” she said, according to the news outlet. “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.”
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Detective Dan Bowman of the San Jose Police Department’s Assaults Unit at 408-277-4161, or leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867 or at svcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.