Michigan man arrested after wiping face on store clerk who told him to wear a mask, police say

Andrea Perez Balderrama, Detroit Free Press

DETROIT – A 68-year-old Michigan man is expected to face charges after he was captured on surveillance video wiping his nose and face on a Dollar Tree employee's sleeve rather than wear a mask.

Police said they were tipped off to the identity of the Linden, Michigan, man by a viewer who saw the footage, and the case has been referred to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office for charges.

The suspect who wiped his nose on a Dollar Tree clerk.

The incident happened at 1:30 p.m. local time Saturday at the store in Holly, Michigan, and was captured on surveillance footage.

According to the Holly Police Department, the suspect walked past door signs indicating all customers entering the store were required to wear a face mask and reacted when a young female clerk reminded him of the new store policy.

"Here, I will just use this as a mask," the suspect said as he wiped his face on the clerk's sleeve.

Police said the man continued to be loud and disruptive inside the store before leaving in a white van.

The car of the suspect who wiped his nose on a Dollar Tree clerk.

The incident occurred the day after Calvin Munerlyn, a security guard and father of nine, was gunned down Friday in Flint, Michigan, after turning a customer away for trying to enter a Family Dollar without a mask, according to authorities.

"Decisions like staying home when we can, wearing a mask when going to the store and staying a safe distance from those around us, these should not be political arguments," Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said. "They don't necessitate acts of defiance, and we simply cannot devolve into an us vs. them mentality."

Contributing: Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press

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