Grocery Store Employee Assaulted After Advising Customer Of Physical Distancing

(COUNTY OF BRANT, ON) – The County of Brant Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) members were called to attend a grocery store in Paris in the County of Brant in response to an employee being assaulted by a customer.

County of Brant OPP members attended Sobeys Grocery on April 5, 2020 at approximately 2:45 p.m. and found that a customer was being advised of the store rules regarding social distancing and an altercation occurred between the customer and the teenage employee.

The customer then entered the grocery store and a second altercation took place with a manager of the store.

Police have charged George RUTHERFORD 77-years-old of the County of Brant with the following offences contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada:

Assault contrary to Section 266

Uttering threats contrary to Section 254.1(1)(a)

He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date to answer to the charge.

Anyone with information about this or any incident in the County of Brant can call the County of Brant OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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