Last Modified: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 4:53 PM
A Lake Charles man has been arrested for the second time this year on a charge of intentionally exposing others to the AIDS virus.
Brice Dominic Joseph, 28, 632 N. Simmons St., was arrested after removing an IV from his arm and attempting to sling blood at a deputy and hospital staff, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s authorities said.
Joseph called authorities Sunday night and said he had been hit with a baseball bat, said Commander James McGee, Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
When deputies investigated, they found that Joseph had instigated the incident, attempting to stab several people, McGee said. McGee said the person with the bat was defending himself.
Joseph was brought to the hospital because he claimed to have injuries from the altercation, McGee said.
In addition to the AIDS exposure charge, Joseph is also charged with aggravated assault, disturbing the peace, and public intimidation and retaliation.
Joseph has been booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center eight times since September of 2010, McGee said. He has been charged several times with disturbing the peace and public intimidation and has faced charges as serious as home invasion, McGee said.
Of those eight arrests, the first seven were by the Lake Charles Police Department, McGee said. The Sheriff’s Office handled the call Sunday even though it was inside city limits because Joseph specifically asked the Sheriff’s Office to respond when he called authorities.
Posted By: TexCajun On: 1/2/2014
Title: This needs to stop
Not only is HIV preventable but it is treatable. This person needs to realize that he can live a normal lifespan with the proper care and medication. The threats and intimidation need to stop or he should be removed from society where he will not be a threat.