A California jogger who allegedly spat on random people for not wearing face masks has been arrested, police said Friday.
James Howard, 38, was arrested on Dec. 30 after police in Glendale began receiving reports of a “shirtless male jogger who was spitting on random people outdoors,” police said in a statement.
That day, police were following up on the investigation when they got a call that a male jogger had just spit in a victim’s face.
Responding cops found Howard, who matched the suspect’s description.
He was arrested and charged with battery, elder abuse and a hate crime.
Howard’s victims ranged in age from 13 to 78-years-old and, in some incidents, he used racial slurs during his assaults, police said.
Howard later admitted to police he committed still more assaults that had not been reported, cops said.
Police say so far eight incidents have been linked to Howard.