BELLMAWR, N.J. (CBS) — Officials have arrested the owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey after they repeatedly defied Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 shutdown order. Police say 33-year-old Ian Smith, of Delanco Township, and 51-year-old Frank Trumbetti, of Williamstown, are both charged with one count of fourth-degree contempt, obstruction, and violation of disaster control act — both disorderly persons summons.
The owners had been staying inside the gym since last week when a judge ruled the gym was in contempt of Gov. Phil Murphy’s order after reopening their doors.READ MORE: Former Eagle Brandon Bair Saves Man From Burning Semi-Truck After Struck By Train In Idaho
From July 24 to July 27, officials say numerous people had been observed going in and out of the gym which was a direct violation of the court order.
Both owners refused to leave the gym when asked, resulting in the charges.
Atilis Gym posted a video of the arrest on Facebook.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
“Well, this was a first,” Dowlen said in a Facebook post. “I stayed the night in the gym writing, my book clients Ian & Frank were just waking up, I’m gathering my computer & notebooks, just waiting for the guys to come out for a few final questions, and then a SWARM of Camden County Sheriffs & local Bellmawr police (with K-9 units waiting in a vehicle) come bursting thru the door….to me, sitting there, writing, by myself. First & foremost, the law enforcement officers were polite & respectful. Look for my video footage on national channels. And tonight/this morning, I am writing this new book chapter right now!!!”
Trumbetti and Smith were taken to the Bellmawr Police Department where they were charged and released.MORE NEWS: Waterford Township Schools Closed After More Than 60% Of Staff Sickened Following Luncheon
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