“COVID HUGS” Man South in Springfield Massachusetts

Police are trying to find a man who allegedly went up to people in a Springfield Walmart, hugged them, and told them they had the coronavirus. 

According to police, the suspect allegedly went up to a man at a Walmart, took an item out of the man’s hands, and gave him a hug. He then allegedly told the victim, “Just gave you a COVID hug. You now have COVID,” before laughing and walking away. 

The victim who is a cancer survivor, and had never seen the suspect before. The hugger did this to other randomly picked customers as well, according to the police. 

According to the Springfield Police Detective Bureau, the suspect was pictured at the Walmart location wearing a black T-shirt, and camouflage shorts as he approached his unsuspecting victims and forced upon them hostile hugs. 

It is not known if the man actually has COVID-19. However, under Massachusetts state law, approaching people in a menacing way could constitute a threat. 

Massachusetts state law says that anyone who communicates a threat either directly or indirectly, orally, in writing or by “other means” can be charged with making terroristic threats.