VAN NUYS (CNS) Criminal charges were brought against two brothers who allegedly had arguments with security personnel – one of them broken his arm – after the two refused to wear masks in a target store 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.
If convicted, he could face a prison sentence of up to one year and nine months, according to the prosecutor.
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 incident occurred on the morning of May 1st in a Target store on 5711 Sepulveda Blvd.
According to the Los Angeles police, the brothers entered the shop without a mask and were asked by a security guard to leave the shop.
When they were escorted, one of the suspects turned and beat the guard, the police said, which led to a fight between the suspects and four security guards.
The fight was recorded on a security video. One of the suspects throws a security guard to the ground and repeatedly hits him. Several customers also seem to be helping.
The guard broke his arm and had to be taken to the hospital, the police said.
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 facewear. We have a common enemy – and it is the virus, not each other. "
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.
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