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Man Spit in Face of Masked Youngster at Restaurant

A Florida man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly spat in the face of a child who was wearing a protective face covering while in a restaurant.

On August 2, 47-year-old Jason Copenhaver reportedly strolled into Ricky T’s Bar and Grille in Treasure Island, Florida.

After entering the establishment, Copenhaver, who was allegedly barefoot, reportedly made his way over to a table where a young boy who was wearing a face mask was sitting.

Though no prior relationship between Copenhaver and the boy, whose age was not disclosed, was reported the man allegedly encouraged the child to shake hands with him.

When the boy would not do as he asked, Copenhaver allegedly put his hand on the youngster’s arm before reportedly spitting in the child’s face and leaving visible saliva on his skin.

Copenhaver was then recorded as allegedly telling the boy, “You now have coronavirus.”

After the alleged interaction with the youngster, Copenhaver reportedly went to the bar area of the establishment and tried to instigate a physical fight with one of the restaurant employees.

The worker took Copenhaver outside and used force to make him stay on the ground while the authorities were notified about the situation.

When the police arrived at the restaurant and interacted with Copenhaver, it was reported that the man appeared drunk, and he was still sans shoes.

Upon being asked if he was positive for COVID-19, Copenhaver allegedly said that he had never been tested for the virus.

Copenhaver was taken into custody and booked into the county jail for suspicion of simple battery, and disorderly conduct.

He was freed after paying a $650 bond, and the authorities reported that they are not sure if Copenhaver is infected with COVID-19.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a criminal offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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