A Florida man is facing multiple charges after police said he assaulted a child for wearing a mask at a restaurant.
Police said 47-year-old Jason Copenhaver walked up to the boy who was sitting at a table wearing a mask Sunday night at Ricky T’s in Treasure Island and told him to take it off, reported WTVT-TV.
Copenhaver also asked the child to shake his hand, and when the boy refused, police say the suspect grabbed his arm, leaned in close to his face and sprayed saliva on the boy.
“You now have the coronavirus,” Copenhaver allegedly told the boy after the attack.
Copenhaver later told police that he had never been tested and was not sure whether he was infected with the potentially deadly novel coronavirus.
Witnesses said Copenhaver appeared to be intoxicated and was not wearing shoes during the attack.
According to his arrest affidavit, Copenhaver then approached a restaurant employee in a “threatening manner and attempted to strike him twice.”
But that employee took physical control of Copenhaver, took him outside and held him on the ground until police arrived.
Copenhaver was arrested on charges of simple battery and disorderly conduct.