DC RCMP investigate an assault of an employee over face mask policy

Randi-Marie Adams 
01/04/2021

#UPDATE 

Charges have now been laid against the involved male and female relating to the assault of a Walmart employee on November 25th, 2020 after both suspects had been requested to wear their mask upon entry into the store. An arrest warrant is presently outstanding for the involved female suspect.

The involved male has been charged with Assault and Mischief under $5000 (relating to the intentional damage of the victim's cellphone during the altercation). The involved female has been charged with Assault.

At this time, police will not be releasing the names of the involved suspects.

**CORRECTION** An earlier release incorrectly informed that arrest warrants had been issued for both suspects. An arrest warrant has been issued for the female suspect only, the involved male has previously been compelled to appear in court regarding the matter.


#BACKGROUND


On November 25th, 2020, at approximately 7:00pm Dawson Creek RCMP were dispatched to a report of an assault in progress at the Walmart.

Officers attended and were informed that a patron had assaulted an employee after being asked to wear his face mask as required under the current Provincial Health Order. A review of surveillance video identified the suspect whom was located a short time later at his residence. The male suspect (30yrs old) was arrested for assault and mischief and released to attend court at a later date.

The involved victim received minor injuries not requiring immediate medical attention.

Dawson Creek RCMP would like to remind the public that face masks are required in all indoor public spaces, which includes most business establishments in the Peace Region. While individuals may make a personal decision to not wear a face mask they must then not attend indoor public spaces.

RCMP have a responsibility to enforce the face mask Provincial Health Order under the Emergency Program Act. Individuals whom refuse to wear a mask, exhibit abusive or belligerent behavior, or fail to comply with patron conditions or requirements may be fined up to an amount of $230.

Information on current Provincial Health Orders may be found here:

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