Covid-infected ‘public health enemy number 1’ charged with refusing to isolate himself and coughing in an elevator while evading police, charged with 13 charges after being captured by police in western Sydney following a citywide manhunt
- A Covid-positive man dubbed ‘Sydney’s public health enemy’ has avoided police
- Police claim Anthony Karam, 27, has the virus and is not following orders
- Karam was arrested by Bankstown police on Thursday afternoon after a manhunt
- Accused of 13 violations, including failure to comply with Covid-19 instructions
A Covid-positive man who reportedly refused to isolate himself and coughed in an elevator while on the run from police for nearly two weeks has been stricken with a series of charges.
Anthony Karam, 27, was arrested just before 5.30pm on Thursday by Bankstown Police at an apartment in Sydney’s west Wentworth Point.
Karam was previously known to police and tested positive for the disease on August 14, police say, but reportedly refused to go into self-isolation at home.
He has since been charged with 13 offenses including being in public and failing to prevent the spread of a Category 2-5 condition, failing to comply with Covid-19 orders and two counts of failing to comply with a self-isolation instruction.
Covid-positive Anthony Karam (pictured) was arrested by NSW police after they said he declined a deal to turn himself in after allegedly refusing to self-isolate
Karam was also charged on nine counts of not wearing an appropriate face covering in the interior space of a communal property.
He reportedly refused to answer calls from health officials who then called the police, but when they tried to visit his home, they reportedly discovered that the address he gave was false.
On August 23, police issued a public warning about him after being unable to contact, in which officers referred to him as “public health enemy No. 1.”
Karam reportedly went on the run while infected, potentially spreading the disease to thousands across the state.
CCTV footage of Karam released by police shows him coughing while sitting in an apartment building elevator.
Police are said to have previously contacted him through a third party and believed they had struck a deal to get him off the street. The Daily Telegraph reported.
But they claim the deal fell through, sparking a renewed manhunt for him.
The situation was deemed so serious that the police first used Section 62 of the Public Health Act to name and identify Karam to assist in the search.
Anthony Karam, 27, seen here on CCTV footage of an apartment building elevator, has been labeled Sydney’s ‘public enemy number one’
Anthony Karam, 27, pictured, was previously known to police and tested positive for the disease on August 14, but has reportedly refused to self-isolate