Literally Everyone Went To Florida Beaches This Weekend, Including Wanted Fugitives
One was found loitering in the dunes.
Two days after Duval County reopened Florida beaches for recreational purposes, police crashed the party and arrested a Pennsylvania homicide suspect. Mario Matthew Gatti, 30, was found chilling near the dunes when police passed him Sunday morning. He was sporting shorts decked out in stars and stripes.
"This morning while officers patrolled the beach proper they captured a Fugitive from Justice, wanted in Arnold, Pennsylvania for Homicide," the City of Jacksonville Beach Police said in a post on Twitter. "Good job!"
Gatti had a warrant out on him for criminal homicide in Pennsylvania since January after he allegedly shot a man in western Pennsylvania, according to WJAX-TV.
The shooting took place at an apartment complex in Arnold, Pennsylvania, which is more than 800 miles away from Jacksonville Beach.
The came on April 16 after Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry cited data from Duval County regarding COVID-19.
Upon the reopening, the City of Jacksonville Beach police uploaded a before and after comparison of the beach Saturday morning on Twitter. They applauded citizens during the morning session for adhering to social distancing rules.
The decision to reopen the beaches prompted some to take to Twitter to share their concerns, leading #FloridaMorons to trend.
The hashtag was used by vocal critics like Bette Midler and even NFL Hall of Famer, Cris Carter who is a current resident of the Sunshine State.
Despite the backlash on Twitter, the beaches will continue to remain open during the designated hours of 6-11 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. daily.