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Rehoboth Beach Police in Delaware address incident involving man refusing to wear mask

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Posted at 11:02 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 23:03:01-04

Rehoboth Beach Police in Delaware are addressing an incident that circulated across social media on Monday at one of their boardwalks.

According to police, at around 12:30 p.m., a cadet was standing at the Delaware Avenue entrance to the Boardwalk near Funland and say a 56-year-old Pennsylvania man approaching the boardwalk without a face covering.

That's when the cadet informed the man he was required to wear a face covering on the Boardwalk. The man replied telling the cadet that he would have to follow him and make him.

Officials say the officer attempted to stop the man and he refused walking away onto the beach. The officer remained on the Boardwalk for a brief period addressing other individuals who were now upset and yelling at the man about his failure to wear a mask.

A full-time officer then arrived and accompanied the cadet onto the beach were they found the Lancaster man.

The officers attempted to obtain the man’s identification and he told them he did not have it with him. They then asked him for his name and he gave them a false name and state of residency.

Police say the man refused to provide any further information and after numerous warnings was subsequently taken into custody and detained.

Officials say after multiple requests for over an hour, the man agreed to provide his information, was issued a civil citation, provided a mask and released.