Officers arrested the man because he had already been written up and issue a fine for failing to observe the lockdown measures in at least four previous occasions.
While the man disputed accusations that he enticed bystanders to turn against the police officers who had stopped him, he conceded he had not respected the lockdown measures before but said he would do so from now on.
His arrest coincided with that of a minor who was arrested in a separate incident also in Molenbeek, who was put back under the custody of juvenile authorities.
Prosecutors on Friday said that people were brought before authorities on a daily basis for failing to observe the lockdown rules imposed to slow down the spread of the virus.
“It always concerns people who have been caught red-handed several times,” prosecutors said.