Criminal charges were brought against two brothers who allegedly had an argument with security guards – including one who broke their arm – after the two refused to wear masks in a target shop in Van Nuys, the prosecutor said from Los Angeles on Friday with.
Phillip Scott Hamilton II, 31, is charged with an offense count of batteries with grievous bodily harm, batteries and the refusal to leave a business after being asked to leave the company.
According to prosecutors, he could be jailed for up to a year and nine months if convicted.
Two men were arrested in an attack in which an employee of the Van Nuys Target business had a broken arm. Kim Tobin reports for the NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020.
29-year-old Paul Joseph Hamilton is charged with two battery offenses and one refusal to leave a company after being asked to leave the company. According to the prosecutor, he could be behind bars for a maximum of one year and three months if convicted of the charges.
The two allegedly refused to wear masks on May 1 in a Target store on Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys and were led out of the store when one of the men turned and beat one of the security officers, the prosecutor said.
The ensuing fight was recorded on a surveillance video and a security guard who broke his arm during the fight was taken to hospital for treatment.
A court hearing is scheduled for August 12 for the two brothers who have pleaded not guilty.
"Not wearing a mask is selfish, wrong, and illegal," said prosecutor Mike Feuer in a statement announcing the charges. "We will absolutely not tolerate violence in response to reasonable efforts to ensure that business customers wear facial covers." We have a common enemy – and it is the virus, not each other. & # 39; & # 39;
Prosecutors found that a mandatory facial covering order was in effect for Los Angeles residents when they left their homes at this time, and that from August 1, all Target stores required customers to wear facial covering.