Times Colonist

Tussle over mask at store leads to arrest


A man who refused to wear a mask inside a Yates Street grocery is facing charges of assault with a weapon and uttering threats.

Victoria police also issued the man a $230 ticket under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act for failing to wear a mask and abusive behaviour.

Patrol officers were called to the Market on Yates just after 10:30 a.m. Friday for a report that a man had entered the store not wearing a mask. Callers said that when the man was offered a mask, he was verbally and physically confrontat­ional.

VicPD said when officers arrived, the man approached them in a threatenin­g manner.

He was arrested without further incident and transporte­d to cells.

Under provincial health orders, masks are required to be worn in public spaces, including grocery stores. Police are still investigat­ing. They are asking for witnesses and video of the incident. If you haven’t yet spoken to officers, call VicPD at 250-995-7654 ext 1.

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