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Man charged in Waterloo after refusing mask, threatening workers

Regional Police have been called out to nine instances that saw people not wearing masks since mandatory by-law went into effect
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An incident at a Waterloo business has resulted in charges.

And it all started with a man not wanting to wear a mask.

Regional Police were called to a business on King Street North last Friday morning, for reports of a man refusing to wear a face mask after one was provided to him by a staff member.

The 78-year old man, police say, became agitated and started threatening the workers inside the business.

He is now facing charges for trespassing for not leaving the business when directed, and uttering threats to cause harm or death.

It is one of 10 instances police know of, and police responded to nine of them since the mandatory mask by-law went into effect almost two weeks ago.

In all the other cases, the people in question were either gone when police arrived, or they were talked to by police.

Police detailed all nine calls they ended up going to (the incident above is in bold):

  1. On July 14, at approximately 2:45 p.m., Waterloo Regional Police responded to a business on King Street East in Kitchener for reports of a family refusing to leave the store after they were requested to wear a mask. Police attended, however, the family was gone on arrival.
  2. On July 15, at approximately 1:33 p.m., Waterloo Regional Police responded to a business on Duke Street West in Kitchener for reports of a male refusing to leave the business after he was requested to wear a mask. Police attended, however, the male was gone on arrival.
  3. On July 17, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Waterloo Regional Police responded to a business on King Street North in Waterloo for reports of a male refusing to wear a mask. The business provided the male with a mask, which he refused to wear. During the incident, the male became agitated and began making threats towards staff.  As a result of the investigation, a 78-year-old male was arrested and charged with Trespass to Property Act - Fail to Leave Premises when Directed and Utter Threats to Cause Bodily Harm or Death.
  4. On July 18, at approximately 3:25 p.m., Waterloo Regional Police responded to a business on Farmers Market Road in Woolwich Township for reports of two individuals involved in a verbal dispute over one individual not wearing a mask. Due to safety concerns, one male was requested to leave the business. The male was gone prior to police arrival.  
  5. On July 19, at approximately 1:20 p.m., Waterloo Regional Police responded to the area of Victoria Street North in Kitchener for a report of a threat. The complainant advised that an unknown male threatened him surrounding the use of a mask. The subject male was gone prior to police arrival. The investigation is ongoing. 
  6. On July 20, at approximately 8:15 a.m., Waterloo Regional Police responded to a business on King Street East in Kitchener for reports of a male refusing to wear a mask. The male became agitated during his interactions with the complainant. The subject male was gone prior to police arrival.
  7. On July 20, at approximately 12:15 p.m., Waterloo Regional Police responded to an address on Maryhill Road in Woolwich Township for reports of a male refusing to wear a mask. The male became intimidating towards staff when they requested him to follow proper protocol.  The male was spoken to by police and advised to follow the new bylaw protocol. 
  8. On July 20, at approximately 12:52 p.m., Waterloo Regional Police responded to a business on Weber Street East in Kitchener for reports of a male refusing to wear a mask. The male became confrontational towards staff when they requested him to follow proper protocol.  Male was spoken to by police and trespassed from the business.  
  9. On July 20, at approximately 4 p.m., Waterloo Regional Police responded to a business on King Street North in Waterloo for reports of a dispute involving two individuals. The dispute stemmed from one individual not wearing a mask. Both individuals were spoken to by police. 
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