ORLANDO, FL. (THECOUNT) — LaDonald Shakkie Holmes, of Orlando, Florida, was arrested Sunday after police arrived on a call of an assault of a man.

Holmes, 38, who is accused of assaulting her boyfriend, shouted “I have the coronavirus” before intentionally coughing in the face of a paramedic. The first responder was sprayed with “copious amounts of saliva,” during the incident, according to arresting officers.


Responding early Wednesday to a domestic violence call in Lady Lake, an Orlando suburb, police encountered the bloodied victim. The man, whose nose was broken, told officers that he had been attacked by his girlfriend, LaDonald Shakkie Holmes.

When officers responded to the residence, Holmes was arrested for battering her boyfriend. As cops tried to get her into a squad car, Holmes “kept falling to the ground,” prompting them to summon EMS workers since it was unclear whether she “was having a medical episode,” reports SmokingGun.

As paramedics sought to evaluate Holmes, she became physically combative. After an EMS worker “sedated the arrestee,” Holmes was being placed on a stretcher when she shouted “I have the coronavirus.” Holmes then allegedly coughed directly on the face of an EMS worker, which “resulted in copious amounts of saliva landing on the paramedic’s face.”

Holmes was subsequently transported to a local hospital for further evaluation, though the court filing does not indicate whether she, in fact, has the infectious coronavirus. The affidavit does not reveal what treatment, if any, was afforded the paramedic.

Holmes is facing a pair of felony counts–domestic battery and battery on a paramedic. She was released from the county jail late Thursday after posting $7000 bond. Holmes, whose rap sheet includes several prior battery convictions, is scheduled for arraignment on April 13. (2 pages)


Geo quick facts: Orlando, a city in central Florida, is home to more than a dozen theme parks. Chief among its claims to fame is Walt Disney World, comprised of parks like the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, as well as water parks. Another major destination, Universal Orlando, offers Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter straddling both – wikipedia.

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