Dawson Creek RCMP were dispatched to a report of an assault in progress at the Walmart.
Officers attended and were informed that a patron had assaulted an employee after being asked to wear his face mask as required under the current Provincial Health Order.
A review of surveillance video identified the suspect whom was located a short time later at his residence. The male suspect has been identified as Jordan Alex Taylor, age 30. He was arrested for assault and mischief and released to attend court at a later date.
The involved victim received minor injuries not requiring immediate medical attention.
Dawson Creek RCMP would like to remind the public that face masks are required in all indoor public spaces, which includes most business establishments in the Peace Region. While individuals may make a personal decision to not wear a face mask they must then not attend indoor public spaces.
RCMP have a responsibility to enforce the face mask Provincial Health Order under the Emergency Program Act. Individuals whom refuse to wear a mask, exhibit abusive or belligerent behavior, or fail to comply with patron conditions or requirements may be fined up to an amount of $230.
"Last night, one of our associates asked a customer to wear a mask in our store. Masks save lives, are required by government order in British Columbia, and are mandatory in all Walmart stores across the country," said Walmart spokesperson Felicia Fefer.
"Instead of complying, the customer attacked and assaulted our associate. This incident is completely unacceptable and deeply troubling," she said.
"Our associates are doing everything they can to support our communities during this pandemic."
"Walmart will support our associate and we will cooperate fully with the police investigation to ensure the perpetrator is held accountable for this crime."
"We know this behaviour does not reflect our customers in Dawson Creek and they will join with us in condemning this assault. Our thoughts are with our associate as he recovers from his injuries," said Fefer.
Dawson Creek Staff Sgt. Damon Werrell told the Mirror today the incident is under investigation.
"The ultimate decision for applicable charges lies with BC Crown."