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Walmart employee in Dawson Creek assaulted by man who refused to wear mask

FILE PHOTO - Signage at a Laval, Que., Walmart store is seen on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.
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November 26, 2020 - 1:47 PM

Dawson Creek RCMP arrested a man who allegedly assaulted a Walmart employee after they asked him to wear a mask.

Officers in Dawson Creek were dispatched to a report of an assault in progress at the Walmart at around 7 p.m. yesterday, Nov. 25, according to an RCMP media release.

RCMP said a customer allegedly assaulted an employee after being asked to wear a face mask as required under the current Provincial Health Order. 

The employee received minor injuries that did not require immediate medical attention.

A review of surveillance video identified the suspect who was located a short time later at his residence, RCMP said. A 30-year-old man was arrested for assault and mischief and released to attend court at a later date.

Dawson Creek RCMP is reminding the public that face masks are required in all indoor public spaces and while individuals may make a personal decision to not wear a face mask they must then not attend indoor public spaces.

RCMP said its members have a responsibility to enforce the face mask order under the Emergency Program Act. Individuals who refuse to wear a mask, exhibit abusive or belligerent behaviour, or fail to comply with patron conditions or requirements may be fined up to an amount of $230.

Walmart did not immediately return a request for comment.

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