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Restaurant patron arrested for punching worker, biting customer over facemask regulations

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The only biting allowed at restaurants is the kind that involves food.

A Canadian restaurant patron allegedly assaulted a staff member and a fellow diner on Tuesday night over an apparent mask dispute. According to witnesses, the suspect did not appear to be sober during the altercation.

The incident occurred around 7 in the evening at a restaurant in Victoria, CTV News reports. The suspect allegedly entered the restaurant without a mask and appeared to be intoxicated (witnesses said that the man appeared to have been using drugs).

A staff reportedly told the man to put on a mask, which resulted in the suspect punching the restaurant worker. According to reports, several employees and customers helped to restrain the man until authorities arrived.

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During the scuffle, the suspect allegedly bit another customer. The victim only suffered minor injuries, News 1130 reports.

The Victoria Police released a statement confirming that the suspect was taken into custody and was held at a cell in the police department until “he was no longer intoxicated.” He was then released “on conditions,” although the specific conditions were not specified.

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According to the police department, the COVID-19 Related Measures Act requires customers to wear face masks while in restaurants. The suspect was arrested, however, for assault causing bodily harm.

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The Victoria Police posted about the incident on Twitter, writing, “Patrol officers arrested a man last night at a downtown restaurant after he punched a staff member when asked to wear a face mask. The man then bit a patron in the ensuing struggle.”



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