Target Worker's Arm Broken in Fight With 2 California Men Over Not Wearing Masks

May 12, 2020

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On May 1 in Van Nuys, California, two men fought a Target employee for confronting them about not wearing face masks. The Los Angeles Times reports that when Phillip Hamilton, 31, and Paul Hamilton, 29, entered the Target store, they were confronted by employees. They refused to wear masks, at which point one of the employees moved to escort them outside. One suspect suddenly punched the worker and they both fell to the floor, where the employee broke his arm as they continued to struggle. The other suspect jumped in, as did two other store employees. The first employee was taken to the hospital. The two men are now facing felony battery charges. “We’re grateful for the support of local police and we’ll provide any information that can be helpful to their investigation,” said a Target statement. City and county officials have required customers to wear face masks inside stores since April.