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Aurora man charged after allegedly spitting on officer

Updated: February 13, 2014 6:27AM

A homeless Aurora man is facing felony battery charges after he allegedly spit on a police officer Tuesday afternoon.

Aurora police were called to Aldi, 1400 block of East New York Street, around 5:11 p.m. Tuesday for reports of a man inside the store harassing employees and customers.

Employees said that Antonio Hernandez, 62, was inside the store throwing trash at employees and attempting to kick them.

The store manager said Hernandez was told to leave the store on five different occasions. When he finally did, police said Hernandez went into the parking lot and continued to harass customers.

According to police reports, Hernandez was taking customersā€™ carts, and returning them for the 25-cent deposit.

Police confronted Hernandez in the parking lot, and Hernandez allegedly spit on an officer.

He was charged with felony aggravated battery to a police officer, felony aggravated battery in a public place, and misdemeanor criminal trespass to property.

Police said Hernandez had been previously banned from the business.

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