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‘I’ve got the f**king virus’: Video shows Las Cruces man spit on officers trying to remove him from Walmart for no face mask

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- Newly obtained police body camera video from earlier this month shows a tense and disturbing scene unfolding at a Las Cruces Walmart.

On July 12, an employee of the Walmart on Valley Drive approached a Las Cruces police officer with concerns that a customer refused to wear a mask, according to police documents.

That customer, later identified as 77-year-old Charles Madrid, allegedly refused to comply with the officer's order to either wear a mask or leave the premises, as heard in the video.

"I'm not going to do it," Madrid says in the body camera video. "Put me in jail."

"If you choose not to, I'm going to have to ask you to leave," said Officer Jackson Brown, who maintained a calm and patient demeanor throughout the encounter. "If you refuse to leave, I'm going to have to trespass you."

"I've got the f***ing virus," Madrid says. "I'm going to spit in your face."

After wrestling to get the man in handcuffs, officers ultimately placed a spit guard on Madrid and took him into custody. In the video, he can be heard complaining about pain in his knees, so the officers took him to a local hospital.

"Don't worry, you ain't going to get that virus," Madrid can be heard saying in the video at the hospital. "It doesn't live in the summertime. It dies out like the flu."

Las Cruces police ultimately charged the man with three counts of assault on a peace officer in connection with the spitting incidents.

Kate Bieri

Kate Bieri is ABC-7’s New Mexico Mobile Newsroom reporter and co-anchors ABC-7’s weekend evening newscasts.



  1. alberto is that you? Or is it comrade turner? Or Caca cara? Or going backwards? Or uxcrement? Or one of the other 50 mentally challenged personalities?

    1. Your unhealthy obsession with Alberto is disturbing. Has he gotten a protective order against you nadodave? You give the impression of being a sadistic stalker. #fbiwatchthisguy

    1. Such a stupid move on this old guy’s part. I don’t like the mask either. But I have to eat. Other than that I don’t wear it. Not necessary. Only alberto has the COVIN and I don’t see him ever. Don’t like slime.

  2. I wonder if we can build a jail big enough to put all these ignorant followers of the orange buffoon in? It will come to that sooner or later if we don’t get a vaccine.

  3. Another trump supporter who has lost his mind. Dementia is real ain’t that right nadodave and fero2a? It’s sad that a man his age is acting like a petulant child. Grandpa you needs to grow up my man.

      1. Dude, he repeated Trump’s claim that the virus will die out in the warm weather and refused to wear a mask. Nice try, but he’s a MAGA.

    1. Space Aliens want Trump as president again to make it easier for them to take over the World! Orson Wells was Right! The Martians are coming! The Martians are coming!

  4. Get this old fart to Trump’s “America’s Front Line Doctors.” These quacks promoted by Trump say there is a cure for Covid19 already, that Masks aren’t necessary, that DNA from Space Aliens are being currently used in Medicine——WOW! So……that means that trump is being supported by…Space Aliens? No wonder the morons on this site back him no matter what he says or does. Cue the music from the X-Files. The Truth is out there! Trump is an Idiot! And his followers are Space Aliens posing as Republicans. So Funny!!!

  5. Old Fart shopping was a Mexpublican wearing a t-shirt with a Poster picture of Sylvester Stallone’s upper body and Trump’s Orange head. So you’re telling me he was a Democrat? You’re pissing on my shoes and telling me that it’s raining? Dude, come on. I was born at Night, but Not Last Night.

    1. that’s a sick shirt. I’m a conservative liberal and wear a mask in stores. This guy is dumb especially with curbside pick up if you don’t wanna wear one. Not the place to prove your point

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