EXCLUSIVE: The REAL reason a Covid-positive business owner accused of being ‘public enemy number one’ is reportedly on the run – as 27-year-old man is denied bail
- Sydney man Anthony Karam, 27, was labeled ‘public enemy number one’
- Business owner reportedly refused to isolate after testing positive on August 14
- Family claims he feared police would ‘bully’ him at home while he was in seclusion
- Karam is said to have recorded his parents’ address with NSW Health
- Karam was charged with 13 offenses on Thursday afternoon and denied bail
Covid-positive Anthony Karam, a truck and excavation businessman, was arrested by NSW police after allegedly failing to isolate
A covid-positive businessman accused of being ‘public enemy number one’ is said to have gone into hiding because he feared police would ‘bully’ him in isolation, his family has claimed.
Anthony Karam, 27, was arrested around 5.30pm on Thursday by officers dressed in full PPE and battering rams at his younger brother’s unit in Wentworth Park, western Sydney.
It came a week after authorities took the extraordinary step of naming the alleged Covid refugee, accusing him of failing to isolate himself, violating health regulations and endangering the public.
A family source told Daily Mail Australia that the truck driver and his parents contracted Covid after one of his brothers was infected at work.
Karam tested positive on August 14, thirteen days ago. However, the source claimed that Karam took down his parents’ address when he presented himself for testing at a NSW Health clinic.
He was afraid that the police would ‘intimidate’ him.
Authorities took the extraordinary step to identify Karam and his illness, fearing the public had been put at risk
Video showed the 27-year-old was led out of a Wentworth Park unit by police on Friday, wearing a dress, mask and face visor. Karam told a reporter he had ‘evidence’ that he had been isolated all along, contrary to police allegations
“When the symptoms started to appear, Anthony was tested but put his parents’ address on his Covid test because he witnessed how much harassment is caused by authorities for having Covid,” the source claimed.
“They come at any time of the day and without warning, banging on the door as hard as they can.”
Police previously claimed that Karam gave the authorities an incorrect address.
The family source claimed: ‘Anthony issued an ultimatum saying he can either go into hotel quarantine (for weeks) or they would throw the book at him.
“He tried to negotiate, but they were firm in their options.”
Police repeatedly failed to find Karam after his positive test nearly two weeks ago, and last Friday pleaded for the public’s help to find him.
It was the first time authorities had used Section 62 of the Public Health Act to publicly identify residents of New South Wales and their medical histories.
NSW Police have released footage of Karam coughing in the elevator of an apartment building.
Chief Health Officer Dr. Kerry Chant also took the unprecedented step of releasing a statement warning the community not to approach him.
Police have released footage (above) of Karam coughing in the elevator of an apartment building during the manhunt
Police have since charged Karam with 13 offenses and on Friday he was formally denied bail at the Bankstown Local Court
The family source claimed that Karam had then gone into isolation at his youngest brother’s house.
The source claimed Karam at one point offered FaceTime police officers and NSW Health during the manhunt, an offer that was apparently declined.
Immediately after his arrest this week, Karam insisted he had done nothing wrong.
“I have proof that I’ve been isolated all along, so do whatever you want,” he told Seven News.
Karam was charged with 13 offences, including nine counts of failing to wear appropriate face coverings indoors in communal properties, failing to comply with public health regulations and self-isolation orders, and “failing to prevent the spread of a Category 2-5 condition.” .
He did not apply for bail during a brief appearance at Bankstown Local Court on Friday, due to difficulties in establishing a video link, given his Covid positive status. Bail was formally refused.
The state reported 882 Covid cases and two deaths overnight.