//NJ officer on Starbucks staff arrest for spitting in cops drinks: Unnerving amid a pandemic

NJ officer on Starbucks staff arrest for spitting in cops drinks: Unnerving amid a pandemic

After a New Jersey Starbucks worker was charged Monday for spitting in police officers’ drinks, the Park Ridge Police Division is searching for solutions.

In a Wednesday interview on “Fox & Friends,” Park Ridge Police Division Lt. James Babcock stated that whereas the investigation into 21-year-old Kevin Trejo remains to be ongoing, the incident had been confirmed.

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Trejo was arrested for subjecting a regulation enforcement officer to bodily fluid, purposely tampering with a regulation enforcement officer’s drink and making a hazardous atmosphere.

FILE - This June 26, 2019 file photo shows a Starbucks sign outside a Starbucks coffee shop in downtown Pittsburgh. Starbucks Corp. reports financial earns on Wednesday, Oct. 30. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

FILE – This June 26, 2019 file photograph exhibits a Starbucks signal exterior a Starbucks espresso store in downtown Pittsburgh. Starbucks Corp. studies monetary earns on Wednesday, Oct. 30. (AP Picture/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Babcock informed the “Buddies” hosts that his drive is “involved” and that the COVID-19 pandemic “provides one other degree” to the alleged motion.

“It is simply unnerving that we may go into a spot, attempt to seize a cup of espresso and should take care of that once we’re making an attempt to, you realize, simply seize a break,” he stated.

“So, numerous our guys are clearly upset; rightfully so. However, we’re, you realize, we now have to, you realize, combat via this. We’ve to be robust. And, we now have to nonetheless serve our neighborhood…” Babcock famous, including that his fellow officers have “been comparatively healthy” and “hope it stays that method.”

In a statement, the Park Ridge police stated the incident gave the impression to be remoted, and investigators had been grateful for the espresso big’s cooperation.

Starbucks informed Fox Enterprise on Tuesday that Trejo was fired from the retailer and apologized to the Park Ridge Police Division.

“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,” a Starbucks spokesman stated. “We want everyone who comes into our stores to receive a positive experience and when that doesn’t occur, we move quickly to address it and hold ourselves accountable.”

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“I imply, being from a small neighborhood, we now have an awesome relationship with all of our businesses that all the time assist our policing applications. The Park Ridge Starbucks has all the time supported our efforts,” stated Babcock.

“And, [we] really feel that the poor actions of 1 particular person do not communicate for the nice staff of that firm that actually look after us,” he concluded.

Fox Enterprise’ Frank Miles contributed to this report.