Assault at Lone Butte Store resolved
Hundred Mile House
2021-01-05 14:16 PST
On Tuesday, December 29th 2020 at 6:03 PM, 100 Mile House RCMP responded to a reported assault and a breach of the Covid-19 Related Measures Act (CRMA) at the Lone Butte General Store located along Hwy 24 in Lone Butte BC. Information was received that a male had attended the store without wearing the required face mask as per CRMA.
The man had been provided a mask by the store to wear inside, which he refused to wear. The man was then told to leave the store.
Once outside the store, the man grabbed a piece of lumber, which the store manager believed would be used to damage the property, so the store manager grabbed it back from the man. At this point, the man then struck the store manager in the face with a closed fist and kicked the glass front door, shattering it. The man then left the scene. The store manager suffered minor injuries from the assault. The manager then called Police.
As sometimes happens in these cases, the store manager and the man involved came to agreement with Police assistance at the request of the store manager, who did not want to charge the male with criminal code offences. The man, now wearing a mask, came to the store with an RCMP officer to apologize and arrange to take care of the door damage.
The man was served a CRMA violation offence ticket for failing to wear a mask in an indoor public space and for abusive behaviour in an indoor public space totalling $460. He was also banned from the store civilly. The man cannot be identified as he was not formally charged with a Criminal Code offence. The investigation has now been concluded.
Cpl. Madonna SaundersonDistrict Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
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