An Ohio man is in jail on felony assault charges after police say he exposed officers to Hepatitis during a recent encounter.
Matthew Wenzler, who is reportedly Hepatitis-C positive, is accused of spitting blood into a police officer’s mouth early Friday morning.
Reports indicate a Cuyahoga Community College officer saw the 27-year-old man lying unconscious on the sidewalk. Cleveland police and medics soon arrived on the scene in an effort to assist, according to a Cleveland.com report.
Wenzler was placed under arrest for suspicion of drunk and disorderly behavior after he began acting erratically as he was being carried to a waiting ambulance. As he was being handcuffed, he allegedly spit directly into an officer’s face.
Reports indicate Wenzler’s bodily fluids came in contact with the officer’s eyes, nose and mouth. He allegedly continued to spit after that initial attack, prompting officers to place a mask over his face.
By the time he arrived at an area hospital, his face and the inside of the mask were reportedly covered in his own blood and saliva.
During the ride, police attempted to remove his mask, at which point they say he spit in an officer’s eye. Cops were reportedly relegated to holding Wenzler’s face to one side in an effort to keep his spitting under control.
Reports indicate doctors later confirmed the suspect’s illness and the officers affected received preventative treatment at the hospital.
An employee of a nearby casino confirmed staff “dealt with” the same man shortly before he was spotted by the college officer.
According to WKYC, Wenzler faces four counts of felonious assault. Bond was set at $75,000 at his first court appearance earlier this week.
[Featured image: Matthew Wenzler/Cleveland City Jail]