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Man arrested after refusing to wear mask inside Provo Smith's

Posted at 3:19 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 17:19:47-05

PROVO, Utah — A man who refused to wear a mask inside a Provo Smith's was arrested Monday.

Police say Elijay Brandt Webb was at the bank counter inside the Smith's store without a mask. When the manager told him he was required to wear a mask, Webb began arguing about store policy.

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Webb then began talking to other customers asking why they were wearing masks.

With Webb causing a scene, according to the police report, the manager asked him a total of five times to leave the store. Officers were called when Webb refused to leave and continued to argue with customers.

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Webb was charged with commercial obstruction and criminal trespass.