Coronavirus: Florida police arrest man wanted for murder in Pennsylvania while patrolling beach

Coronavirus: Florida police arrest man wanted for murder in Pennsylvania while patrolling beach
Mario Matthew Gatti is wanted by police in connection with a January slaying in Arnold, Pennsylvania. (WPXI)

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — A Pennsylvania man wanted in connection with a murder in January was arrested Sunday morning after police in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, noticed him loitering on dunes near the shore, WJAX reported.

Mario Matthew Gatti, 30, was arrested after Jacksonville Beach Police discovered he was wanted for the Jan. 16, slaying of Michael Coover, Jr., 33, in Arnold, which is located in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

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Police observed Gatti loitering near the dunes at Jacksonville Beach around 8:20 a.m., WJAX reported. Authorities were in the beach area to ensure beachgoers were adhering to current rules during the coronavirus pandemic, the television station reported.

Gatti was taken into custody, booked into the Duval County Jail as a fugitive from justice. He was also charged with giving false information to law enforcement officer in felony or missing investigation and possession of a new legend drug without a prescription, according to police.