100-year-old NJ man arrested for alleged quarantine violation at funeral

A 100-year-old man was among 15 people who were arrested during a funeral in New Jersey for allegedly defying the state’s ban on public gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report.

The incident in Ocean County late Wednesday was the fourth time in as many days that Lakewood police had to respond to a prohibited public event — this time a funeral where between 60 and 70 people gathered, NJ.com reported.

“This gathering was in violation of (Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order), which bans gatherings of individuals, whether they be at weddings, parties, celebrations, or other social events including funerals,” Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer and Police Chief Gregory Meyer said in a statement.

“As officers tried to disperse the crowd, the crowd became unruly and argumentative,” they added about the incident at Eighth Street and Madison Avenue, near a Jewish temple and cemetery.

Backup police were called to assist in the arrests of 15 people for violating the order, including the centenarian, Nossom Strulovic of Lakewood, according to the news outlet.

Also charged were three Brooklyn residents, including Samuel Manheim, 27, who was accused of refusing to identify himself and was charged with hindering his own apprehension and violating Murphy’s executive order.

The other Brooklyn men were Joel Jakubowitz, 36, and Shimon Hus, 18.

Earlier incidents included a bat mitzvah attended by about 50 people, a group of 35 men gathered at a yeshiva and an engagement party attended by at least 16 people, including a 99-year-old man who was charged along with seven others.

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