- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2020

ASHBURNHAM, Mass. (AP) - Police in Massachusetts have arrested a man they say claimed he had COVID-19 when he spit at a woman who wasn’t wearing a face mask on a walking trail.

The arrest was made Tuesday, Ashburnham police told The Telegram & Gazette. His name was not made public and police did not announce charges.

Two young women who had been hiking the Midstate Trail near the New Hampshire state line on Nov. 15 paused to sit down on a bench at the Hudson Overlook, a popular spot where the Boston skyline is visible, police said.

The man confronted them about their lack of masks, Ashburnham Police Lt. Christopher Conrad said.

“You’re not wearing a mask? You’re not complying with state law?” the man asks, in a video one of the women recorded.

He walked away, but returned, lowered his own mask and spit toward one of the women several times.

An image of the man, taken from the video, was posted on the Ashburnham Police Department Facebook page.

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