Police: Woman spat in man's face after he took off mask while leaving Costco

This booking photo provided by the Lake County Sheriff's Office shows Elizabeth H. Mach. 

(Meredith) - An Illinois woman told a man she had COVID-19 and then spat on him during a face mask dispute at Costco, according to authorities.

Police said the 50-year-old man was in the process of leaving the Highland Park store on June 16 when he took off his face covering. Moments later, a woman identified as Elizabeth H. Mach rammed her shopping cart into his.

"Mach began yelling at the victim that he needed to put his mask back on, as he was not yet outside of the building," the Lake County Sheriff's Office said in press release on Thursday.

At one point Mach allegedly told the man, “I am a schoolteacher, and I have COVID-19.” Police said she then removed her face covering and spat in the man's face before fleeing  the scene in her vehicle.

Detectives arrested Mach at her home on July 8 following an investigation. She was charged with two counts of battery and one count of disorderly conduct. 

Mach was later released after posting 10% of her $40,000 bond. She's expected to appear in court on July 29. 

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