Man accused of telling child ‘you now have coronavirus’ at restaurant, police say

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Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Pinellas County man has been charged with battery after he allegedly told a child to take off his mask at a restaurant, got into the child’s face and told him “you now have coronavirus.”

Treasure Island Police say 47-year-old Jason Copenhaver of Redington Shores was charged with simple battery and disorderly conduct.

According to an arrest affidavit, Copenhaver was at Ricky T’s Bar & Grille when we walked over to the child and asked if he was wearing a face mask. When the child said yes, Copenhaver told him to take it off and to shake his hand.

When the child refused Copenhaver allegedly grabbed the child’s hand and said “you now have coronavirus.”

The child told police Copenhaver was so close to the child that spit particle from Copenhaver’s mouth landed on his face.

The child’s age was not listed in the arrest affidavit.

Copenhaver told police he is unsure if he has coronavirus and has never been tested.

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