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Florida man claiming to have coronavirus spits at young boy who refused to remove face mask

A man was arrested for confronting a child wearing a mask at a restaurant in Florida and spitting in his face when the boy refused to take it off.

Jason Copenhaver approached the child’s table on Sunday and asked the boy if he was wearing a mask, according to Treasure Island police.

Police said the 47-year-old then told the child to take it off. He then grabbed the boy’s hand tightly and put his face next to the child’s, telling the boy he now had the coronavirus.




The boy was in such close proximity that spit particles from Copenhaver’s mouth landed in his face, the police added.

Restaurant workers asked Copenhaver to sit down, saying he appeared drunk and wasn’t wearing shoes. The police report said he also tried to hit an employee.

The man was charged with disorderly conduct. He was freed after posting $650 bail.



Copenhaver told the police that he didnt know if he had coronavirus and has never been tested.