PARK RIDGE, NJ – 21-year-old Kevin Trejo of Westwood, New Jersey has been charged for spitting into police officers’ cups at Starbucks where he works. He was arrested for subjecting police officers to bodily fluids, purposely tampering with a law enforcement officer’s drink and creating a hazardous environment.
NJ State PBA President Patrick Colligan called out the outrageous the actions of the 21-year-old Starbucks worker.
“Every time I think we as society hit bottom, there is a new incident. Officers risk their lives daily, but it shouldn’t be while getting coffee,” said Colligan.
“It’s just unnerving that we could go into a place, try to grab a cup of coffee and have to deal with that when we’re trying to, you know, just grab a break,” said Park Ridge Police Lt. James Babcock. “So, a lot of our guys are obviously upset; rightfully so. But, we are, you know, we have to, you know, fight through this. We have to be strong. And, we have to still serve our community.”
Starbucks fired Trejo, who the company said also apologized to the Park Ridge Police Department.
“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,” Starbucks said in a statement. “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.”