2 men arrested in fight with Target security guard over masks — LAPD

Daniel Fowler
May 14, 2020

Two brothers assaulted a Target security guard because he told them to wear their masks amid the coronavirus outbreak.

CBS Los Angeles reports that the brothers entered the store without wearing face coverings.

As a guard was escorting the two men out of the store in the Van Nuys neighborhood, one of the suspects "without provocation, turned and punched" the guard, causing them both to fall to the floor, a press release stated. After they allegedly refused to put masks on, a security guard began to escort them out, police said.

Unfortunately, not everyone emerged unscathed, according to the Sacramento Bee, which reported that one of the guards had his arm broken during the scuffle. The second customer also joined in the brawl, struggling with two other Target employees as they tried to restrain him, surveillance video shows.

The men, Phillip Hamilton, 31, and Paul Hamilton, 29, visited a Van Nuys Target on May 1 with no masks on in violation of the store's mask order, police said.

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The city of Los Angeles has required customers to wear face masks inside essential businesses since April 10 in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The two men were arrested on felony battery charges and are each being held on a $50,000 bail.

'The safety and security of our guests and team members is our top priority, ' the company said.

Target made a statement about the incident, stating that "we are grateful for the support of the local police and will provide any information that may be helpful to your investigation".

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