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A Hamburg man who refused to wear a protective mask in a state liquor store was charged with harassing employees in the Tilden Township store, police reported Thursday.

Luke B. Angstadt, 40, became abusive when the employees reminded him that patrons are required to wear protective masks in state-owned facilities, police said in a complaint filed Wednesday with District Judge Kim L. Bagenstose in Hamburg.

Angstadt is charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment, harassment and disorderly conduct. The charges are misdemeanors and summary offenses.

Chief William J. McEllroy III said Angstadt will be notified of the charges by mail. No date has yet been set for a preliminary hearing.

According to police:

Angstadt was not wearing a mask when he entered Fine Wine & Good Spirits in the Tilden Ridge Shopping Center Jan. 7 about 7:45 p.m.

An associate advised him that masks were required under COVID mitigation guidelines.

Angstadt ignored the warning and refused to don a mask.

A store manager intervened and informed Angstadt he needed to wear a mask or leave the store. The manager told police it was not the first time Angstadt had entered the store and refused to wear a mask.

Angstadt was irate and began yelling profanities at the employees and followed them around the store, continuing to yell profanities. The women repeatedly told him to don a mask or leave the store.

Angstadt got close to the women, spit on them and left the store.

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