NYC man arrested in Hawaii after posting pics on Instagram, violating quarantine rules

USAToday reports a 23-year-old New Yorker was arrested in Hawaii after violating the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine rules for out-of-state visitors, the Hawaii governor’s office said in a statement. The man posted photos on social media showing him hitting beaches to surf and sunbathe.

Tarique Peters, from the Bronx, arrived in Oahu on Monday and posted numerous pictures on Instagram that were spotted by local residents, the governor’s office said. He was arrested Friday by special agents from the Department of the Attorney General after they questioned hotel personnel about his movements.

Out-of-state visitors must sign a form at the airport agreeing to remain in their hotel room or residence for 14 days or face a possible one-year prison sentence and $5,000 fine, according to the state Department of Transportation. Gov. David Ige has extended the mandatory quarantine through the end of June.

From the office of the Hawaii Governor David Ige:

A 23-year-old man from New York was arrested this morning by special agents from the Department of the Attorney General for violation of the mandatory 14-day quarantine rule and unsworn falsification to authority.

Tarique Peters of the Bronx arrived on O‘ahu on Monday and posted numerous pictures of himself on Instagram. He allegedly left his hotel room the day he arrived and traveled many places using public transportation.

Authorities became aware of his social media posts from citizens who saw posts of him – on the beach with a surfboard, sunbathing, and walking around Waikiki at night. This morning agents were able to confirm with hotel personnel that had seen Peters leave his room and the premises on numerous occasions this week.

When he was arrested, a local man was with him and charges are pending against him. Peters was booked and his bail is set at $4,000.

Hawai‘i Attorney General Clare Connors said, “We appreciate the assistance of local people who spot flagrant violations of our emergency rules on various social media sites and report them to the appropriate authorities.”