Police looking for man suspected of giving ‘COVID hugs’ at Walmart in Massachusetts


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — Police in Massachusetts want the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of giving “COVID hugs” at a Walmart.

Around 7:10 p.m. Aug. 15, the suspect allegedly took an item out of a person’s hand and then gave him a hug, saying, “Just giving you a Covid hug. You now have COVID,” according to Springfield Police spokesman Ryan Walsh.

Police said the suspect then laughed and walked away.

Walsh said the customer who was hugged, a cancer survivor, had never seen the man before. Walsh said the man is accused of hugging other customers as well.

Anyone with information about the case, including the suspect’s identity, can contact the detective bureau at 413-787-6355, leave a private message on Facebook or text CRIMES (274637), then type SOLVE and your tip.

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