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Confusion over mask sparks brawl with police & youth @ RiteWay Pasea

Confusion over mask sparks brawl with police & youth @ RiteWay Pasea

A misunderstanding over the wearing of a face mask at a local supermarket, has resulted in a brawl between a police officer and a local man, which ended with the young man now facing several charges after being arrested at the location.

Charlesworth George Jr of Little Dix Hill, Tortola was in the RiteWay Pasea store yesterday Friday, September 25, 2020, when he was approached by a female police officer who attempted to ticket him for not wearing a face mask.

George Jr was wearing mask – Eyewitness


Eyewitnesses told Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) that before the altercation, several police officers had entered the store around 12:30 pm on Friday, while George Jr and his girlfriend were both shopping with masks.

However, is it being alleged that the young man’s mask kept falling off leading to a female police officer attempting to issue a ticket, resulting in George Jr becoming furious when the officers asked for his name.

Sources said things got even worse when the man was informed that he was committing an offence by refusing to provide his name and at that point, Geroge Jr allegedly got irate and disorderly which resulted in both the man and his girlfriend getting restrained with handcuffs outside the store following the altercation.

It is also being alleged that the female police officer along with another stationed in the area have been issuing tickets to shoppers and residents without first giving a warning.


Charlesworth George Jr of Little Dix Hill was arrested and slapped with several charges which included obstructing police in the execution of duty, resisting arrest, failing to give name and address, disorderly conduct, insulting language, indecent language and assault on Police.

Youth now facing several charges


After the arrest, George Jr was slapped with several charges which included obstructing police in the execution of duty, resisting arrest, failing to give name and address, disorderly conduct, insulting language, indecent language, and assault on Police.

He was granted station bail in the amount of $5k with one signed surety and will face the magistrate court on October 12, 2020, to answer the charges.


A misunderstanding over the wearing of a face mask at a local supermarket, has resulted in a brawl between a police officer and a local man, which ended with the young man now facing several charges after being arrested at the location.

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