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Man allegedly punched restaurant staff, bit patron after refusing to wear a mask: Victoria police

Victoria police say they arrested a man who allegedly assaulted a staff member and bit a patron on Tuesday night after he was asked to wear a mask.

Police say staff and patrons at the restaurant, located in the 700-block of Yates Street, reported a man who they believed was intoxicated by drugs walked into the establishment without a face mask.






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When staff asked him to wear a face covering, the man allegedly punched a staff member. Staff and customers restrained the suspect, who then bit a restaurant patron before officers arrived.

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The man was arrested for assault causing bodily harm. He was held in custody and later released on conditions, police said.

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Man facing charges over anti-mask confrontation in Victoria grocery store

Back in November, Victoria police arrested a man at a grocery store in the 900-block of Yates Street after a confrontation over wearing a mask.

The man was issued a $230 fine under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act for abusive or belligerent behaviour, police said at the time.


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Last month, a Vancouver police officer suffered a broken leg after an alleged assault by a man who was refusing to wear a mask.

–With files from Simon Little and Amy Judd





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