A former employee of the Starbucks in Park Ridge, New Jersey has been arrested and charged after spitting in drinks ordered by police officers.
Park Ridge Police Chief Joseph Madden released a statement noting that an investigation had found 21-year-old Kevin Trejo of Westwood, had been “spitting in the drinks of law enforcement that patronized the establishment.”
Trejo is charged with: “Subject a law enforcement officer to contact with bodily fluid,” “knowingly tamper with a cup of coffee, knowing it was ordered by a law enforcement officer,” and “creating a hazardous or physically dangerous condition.”
Capt. Joseph Rampolla told NBC News: “We got a tip that he had done this. That was enough for our detective bureau to get concerned, especially during” the coronavirus pandemic.”
“We believe it happened more than once but we can prove it happened at least once on May 25,” he added.
The police department has warned other officers from surrounding areas who might have purchased drinks at the Starbucks.
Rampolla also noted that the Starbucks had hosted many “Coffee with a Cop” events.
Reggie Borges, a Starbucks spokesman told NBC News that Trejo had been fired.
“This individual’s behavior was reprehensible and not at all a reflection of how our employees treat our customers on a daily basis,” said Borges. “We have apologized to the Park Ridge Police department.”
“Everyone who comes into our stores should receive a positive experience and when that doesn’t occur, we move quickly to address it and hold ourselves accountable,” Borges said. “We will continue to support Park Ridge Police in support of their investigation and have a deep respect for the Park Ridge Police Department and the officers who help keep our partners and communities safe.”
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