HIV-positive shoplifter accused of biting Nordstrom security guard pleads not guilty


On Thursday, King County prosecutors said a shoplifting suspect, who bit a Nordstrom security guard and knew he was HIV-positive, pleaded not guilty to second-degree robbery charges. .

Court documents say it happened on August 22 at the downtown Seattle flagship store, where prosecutors said Keelan Jones, 30, tried to steal $300 worth of clothing but was arrested by police. security agents.

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According to court documents, Jones fought with them and bit one of the guards, breaking his skin.

Prosecutors say Jones admitted to firefighters that he was HIV-positive.

The victim’s colleagues said he was fine and investigators said he had not contracted HIV.

According to the CDC, contracting HIV from a bite is rare, but it can happen.

Jones is charged with second degree robbery, a higher level charge, as a result of the assault.

Jones has no record of felony convictions, however he does have several misdemeanor convictions.

Prosecutors have yet to hear if the victim contracted HIV.

Jones will be arraigned on September 15, but for now he remains in the King County Jail on $25,000 bond.


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