DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek RCMP have arrested one person for allegedly assaulting an employee of Walmart after an employee asked him to wear a mask.

On November 25, 2020, 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 and he was located a short time later at his residence.

The 30-year-old male suspect 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 B.C. 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 that 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.

Here is a statement issued by Walmart about the incident:

“Last night, one of our associates asked a customer to wear a mask in
our store. Masks save lives, are required by government order in
British Columbia, and are mandatory in all Walmart stores across the
country. Instead of complying, the customer attacked and assaulted our
associate. This incident is completely unacceptable and deeply
troubling. Our associates are doing everything they can to support our
communities during this pandemic.

You can be sure that Walmart will support our associate. At the same
time, we will cooperate fully with the police investigation to ensure
the perpetrator is held accountable for this crime. We would like to
thank the Dawson Creek RCMP for their quick response last night.

We know this behaviour does not reflect our customers in Dawson Creek
and they will join with us in condemning this assault. Our thoughts
are with our associate as he recovers from his injuries.”

 

The following video allegedly shows the incident has been shared on social media.