NJ gym owners arrested for defying governor's shutdown orders

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 27th, 2020 4:13 pm

Last Updated Jul 29th, 2020 at 3:00 am

A New Jersey gym was boarded up and its two owners arrested on Monday as a result of the men's refusal to comply with Gov. Phil Murphy's coronavirus shutdown orders.

A judge on Friday ordered Atilis gym owners Ian Smith, 33, and Frank Trumbetti, 51, to vacate the facility and suspend all operations.

Despite the judge's court order, authorities said they observed several people entering and using the gym over the weekend. Police arrested both men after they refused to leave the gym when asked on Monday.

The two men were charged with one count of fourth-degree contempt, one count of obstruction, and one count of violation of a disaster control act. The contempt charge is punishable by up to 18 months in jail.

"From July 24 through July 27, a number of individuals were observed entered and using the gym, a direct violation of the court order," Camden County Prosecutor Jill Mayer said. "Police said both owners refused to leave the gym when asked, leading to the charges."

Smith told Fox News on Saturday that the government had no reason to close his gym and that he is not "backing down from this one."

"We can operate our business safely, responsibly," Smith said. "We have shown that to be true. We haven't had a single case of COVID reported and we have everybody's records here."


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