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Massachusetts man who spat at maskless hikers and said he had COVID arrested

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 11/24/2020 Joseph Wilkinson

Talk about going viral.

The Massachusetts man who spat at two hikers and claimed to have coronavirus has been arrested, Boston ABC affiliate WCVB reported.

Hale Powell, 71, is suspected of spitting at the two women during an argument Nov. 15 about masks on a hiking trail in Ashburnham, about 50 miles northwest of Boston.

a person posing for the camera: Hale Powell was arrested after authorities received several tips. © Provided by New York Daily News Hale Powell was arrested after authorities received several tips.

Hale Powell was arrested after authorities received several tips.

Police said the confrontation was caught on video. Powell yelled at the two women, calling them selfish and and “completely irresponsible” before showing them exactly what irresponsible looked like and spitting on them, according to the cops.

The two women were arguing that they didn’t have to wear masks outside, police said. Gov. Charlie Baker issued an order Nov. 6 requiring face masks in public places, whether inside or outside.

Sadly for Powell, it is also illegal to spit on people and claim to have a deadly virus.

Powell is charged with assault and battery and issuing a false threat of a biological agent, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday to both charges.

Whether Powell actually had the virus or not remains unclear, according to the Telegram & Gazette. He told police that he didn’t have the virus, but has not been tested since the incident. A judge ordered him to both quarantine and take a test.

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