Arizona couple arrested for ‘deliberately coughing on Walmart workers after refusing to wear face masks in store’
- Frank Montoya, 38, and Victoria Parra Carranza, 23, accused of serious abuse and disorderly conduct
- The pair have been accused of refusing to wear masks in Yuma, Arizona, Walmart and deliberately coughing on workers
- When the police arrived, Montoya and Parra Carranza were reportedly confrontational and the man eventually fled but was arrested
- Residents of Yuma County must wear face masks in public during a peak of COVID-19 cases in Arizona
Two people were arrested in Arizona after police said they refused to wear face masks in a Walmart and intentionally cough on shop workers.
Yuma police officers were sent to Walmart on South Avenue B just before 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday after receiving a 911 call to report disorderly conduct.
Store employees told officials that customers Frank Montoya, 38, and Victoria Parra Carranza, 23, were ignoring requests to wear face covering and intentionally coughing on staff.
Frank Montoya, 38 (left), and Victoria Parra Carranza, 23 (right) have been charged with serious abuse and disorderly conduct. They are accused of refusing to wear masks in a Yuma, Arizona, Walmart and deliberately coughing on workers
Police were called to this Walmart on South Avenue B in Yuma on Wednesday morning after receiving a call about disordered behavior
Store officials have sued police in light of the coronavirus pandemic that has made Arizona a national hotspot for business.
It was unclear whether Montoya or Parra Carranza was tested for COVID-19.
When the police arrived, they said the couple refused to cooperate and became confrontational.
They said that Montoya eventually fled on foot and was later arrested after fighting officers.
Parra Carranza tried to interfere with Montoya’s arrest and was also detained, according to police.
Montoya and Parra Carranza have been detained in Yuma County prison on suspicion of serious abuse, disorderly conduct, and other charges.
Arizona continued to report record numbers for coronavirus-related hospitalizations
In mid-June, Yuma County established a mandatory face mask requirement, requiring anyone over two years old to wear a mask or face cover in public places.
Arizona continued to report record numbers for hospital admissions related to the coronavirus and ventilator use this week.
After a drop in new business early in the week, they shot back above 4,000 on Thursday.
Officials reported an additional 75 deaths, bringing the state’s total to 2038. The additional 4,057 confirmed cases reported Thursday brought the total to 112,671.