Anti-Masker ‘Karen’ Filmed Coughing On Cancer Patient At Florida Pier 1 Has Been Arrested On Assault Charge

A Florida woman faces assault charges for allegedly coughing in a cancer patient’s face on purpose inside a Pier 1 store in Jacksonville.

Video footage appears to show the woman making an obscene gesture towards another woman before walking up to her and coughing in her direction after being confronted about not wearing a mask.

Heather Sprague, the alleged victim, posted the video on Facebook, writing that the female suspect “was becoming increasingly belligerent” and threatening employees.

In the video, the woman appears to realize Sprague is filming her, then remarks, “I think I’ll get real close to you and cough on you.”

Sprague, who was wearing a mask at the time, said she is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.

She said she told police that she’s immunocompromised and felt unwell after the incident.

Police told First Coast News that a woman, Debra Hunter, was arrested and charged with assault.

According to Hunter’s arrest warrant, she was booked into jail on July 22 and charged with assault. She bonded out immediately and is now scheduled to be arraigned on August 19.

Florida state law defines an assault as “an intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent.”

First-degree misdemeanor battery carries a sentence of up to one year behind bars, 12 months probation, and/or a $1,000 fine.

Sprague originally posted the video on Facebook on June 26, where it quickly went viral, racking up over 4 million views.