Employees Attacked Over Mask Requests

Liz Carey

Houston, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) – Police in Texas have arrested one man, and police in California are searching for two women in the latest attacks on employees over mask requests.

In Houston, Josh Vaughan, a security guard for the Grand Prize Bar in the city’s Museum District, said that a customer hit him in the head with a whiskey glass after being asked to wear a mask.

Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted that the suspect, Patrick Kelly, 32, had been arrested and charged with assault and bodily injury.

Officials said that on Dec. 21 Vaughan had to repeatedly ask Kelly to wear a mask. Witnesses said Kelly would only have his mask on halfway, and was asked to pull it all the way up.

Just prior to the incident, Kelly allegedly came out of the restroom with his mask half on and with the bar glass. Vaughan started to remind Kelly about wearing the mask, witnesses said, when Kelly ran toward Vaughan and smashed the glass into his head. Vaughan began to bleed profusely and was taken to the hospital.

“It was just so fast. It was so fast. We all had barely any time to react,” Lindsay Beale, general manager of the Grand Prize Bar told 2Houston.com.

Vaughan was treated at the hospital with 10 stitches in his head, and was given a CT scan. He said he now suffers from intense headaches.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted that the attacker should be brought to justice, and called the incident “foolishness.

“The attacker who brutally assaulted the bar worker in the Museum District b/c he was asked to put on his mask must be charged and arrested. Enough with this foolishness,” Turner tweeted on Wednesday. Kelly was arrested on Thursday.

In Stockton, Cal., officials are looking for two women who they said attacked and robbed an employee after being asked to wear masks.

Stockton police said that two women entered a Family Dollar store and were asked to wear masks by a female employee.

The women refused, police said, and started arguing with the employee. They said the argument turned violent, with the two women kicking and punching the victim. One of the women took the employee’s necklace off of her neck before leaving the store.

“It’s just a shame that there are rotten people out there who do things like that,” Doug Wilhoit with the Stockton Chamber of Commerce told ABC 10. “Damn those that are not respecting others and respecting the rules.”

Wilhoit said businesses and their employees are having a difficult enough year without attacks like this.

“You would think common decency would take place,” Wilhoit told the news station. “The very best of people are coming out, but also the very worst.”

Police said the employee is recovering from her injuries after the attack, while they are searching for the suspects, described as two black female adults last seen wearing dark clothing.

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