Police looking for masked suspect accused of giving strangers ‘COVID hugs’ at Walmart

The police department stated: “He told the victim, ‘Just giving you a COVID hug. You now have COVID,’” according to officers in a press release. According to the report, a victim, who is a cancer survivor himself reported the man to the police and claimed that he took items out of their hands and hugged them before walking away laughing.

The suspect has not yet been identified but is caught on film wearing a black face mask, an Aero shirt, and camouflage shorts. The report states that the incident occurred on Aug. 15th, but that he had also given out hugs to other customers. Police are searching for the suspect in order to charge him for assault and battery and making terroristic threats, according to a report from masslive.com