Police arrest man who said he had Covid-19 and spat at hikers who weren't wearing masks

Massachusetts police have arrested a man who told two hikers who weren’t wearing masks he had Covid-19 and spat at them several times.

Hale Powell, 71, was charged with assault and battery and false threat of a biological agent, Ashburnham Police said in a statement.
Powell is accused of spitting on two hikers who were not wearing masks last week at the Hudson Overlook on the Midstate Trail in Ashburnham, calling them selfish and “completamente irresponsabile.”
Maschere per il viso o rivestimenti in tessuto sono obbligatori in tutti i luoghi pubblici del Massachusetts, all'interno e all'esterno, even if people are able to maintain six feet of social distancing, according to a revised November 6 order from Gov. Charlie Baker.
    Powell pleaded not guilty to the charges in Winchendon District Court on Tuesday, according to a statement from the Worcester County District Attorney’s office. CNN has reached out to Powell and his attorney, Robert Normandin, per un commento.
    Powell was released on his own recognizance and ordered to have no contact with the alleged victims, get a Covid-19 test and quarantine for 14 giorni, according to Assistant District Attorney Marc Dupuis. Those test results will be shared with the court and the two victims, Dupuis added.
    Powell was arrested without incident at his home in Westford Tuesday, ha detto la polizia.
    The arrest comes as cases of Covid-19 surge across the country, largely driven by people without symptoms gathering indoors without masks, dicono i medici. Da martedì, there are at least 12.5 million cases nationwide and more than 259,000 people have died in the US since the pandemic’s startmore than any other country by far, secondo data from Johns Hopkins University.
    In a video of the incident, the man can be heard asking the two hikers “Non indossi una maschera?” quando una delle donne lo interrompe.
    “Non mi interessa, Non indosserò una maschera quando sono fuori.”
    “Non è la legge, non è la legge,” l'uomo risponde, mentre la telecamera si solleva da terra per mostrare l'uomo che si allontana.
    Qualche istante dopo, si volta e dice “Egoista è quello che è, completamente irresponsabile.”
    “Va bene, grazie mille per il tuo contributo,” la donna risponde.
    The man keeps walking away but pulls his mask down, si volta e riprende a camminare verso le donne. The woman with him tries to grab his arm to stop him, but he continues toward the other two hikers.
    “Va bene, Ho Covid,” lui dice, spitting twice at the women, who are just feet away. “Ho Covid, Sono risultato positivo al test,” Aggiunge, sputando di nuovo alle donne.
      He then laughs and walks away.
      Police said they receivednumerous tipsfrom the public and that their investigation is ongoing.

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