Police: Man walked into store naked on a dare

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(WPRI) — A 60-year-old Massachusetts man walked into a convenience store naked last week on a dare from his girlfriend, according to Middletown police.

Police said they arrested John Walsh, of Lynnfield, for disorderly conduct, following the incident at the 7-Eleven on Aquidneck Avenue on April 3.

The Associated Press reports Walsh is a 40-year veteran with the Lynnfield Fire Department and has since been placed on administrative leave.

According to an arrest report, the owner of the 7-Eleven claimed Walsh walked into the store naked around 3 p.m. The owner said Walsh got a soda and was smiling when he walked up to the counter to pay for it. Walsh then walked out of the store and left in a black Mercedes with his girlfriend.

The store’s owner said she called 911 because she feared the naked man might assault her, according to police. An officer who talked to the owner reported that the owner was “visibly shaken” and said she was “horrified.”

Police said they pulled over Walsh’s car a short time later on Broadway. According to the arrest report, Walsh admitted to going into the store naked, saying that his girlfriend dared him to do it after he told her it was legal in Rhode Island.

Walsh was booked at Middletown Police Headquarters and was scheduled to be arraigned by a justice of the peace.

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