A teen worker at Sesame Place had to undergo surgery on Monday after he was stunned by a man he told to wear a face mask, and police say they are still searching for the suspect.
According to a local branch of NBC News, a teen employee at Sesame Street theme park in Pennsylvania asked a man to wear a face mask, noting that they were required to be in the park. Police say the man later confronted the teen on Captain Cookie’s Adventure C Adventure Ride and punched him in the face.
Park security chased the man, but he and a woman fled and after reports were last seen driving in a car registered in New York. Police are asking for details about the suspect, whose identity is not known. Police believe they are between 20 and 30 years old.
The toe had to undergo surgery on Monday after undergoing claw treatment and damaging a tooth.
In a statement to the Philadelphia Enquirer, a Sesame Place spokesman said: “We have been in close communication with the family of our injured team member, and are hoping for a full and speedy recovery. The health and safety of our guests and team members are our top priority, and violence of any kind in our park is unacceptable and intolerable. “
Face coverings are mandatory in Pennsylvania and are mandatory at the park that recently reopened after closing during the coronavirus pandemic.
The confrontation marks just the latest in many widespread incidents of verbal harassment or attacks on workers trying to enforce mask demands. Because of the problem, Illinois recently committed a crime to attack a worker who imposes mask requirements.