Gym owners arrested after repeatedly defying COVID shutdown orders 

The two owners of the New Jersey gym namely Ian Smith, 33, and Frank Trumbetti, 51, are arrested for defying the orders by Gov. Phil Murphy to combat COVID-19 for indoor workout facilities to remain closed.

They were caught operating their gym on Monday, even when they were asked to shut down. They were taken in custody at their business, where they have been staying since last week. 

According to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer, smith of Delanco Township and Trumbetti of Williamstown were charged with fourth-degree contempt, obstruction, and violation of a disaster control act. Mayer said in a statement that both of them were released with disorderly person summonses.

Gym owners arrested after repeatedly defying COVID shutdown orders 
Gym owners arrested after repeatedly defying COVID shutdown orders

Smith issued a statement in his Facebook post after getting released “Welcome to America 2020, where feeding your family and standing up for your Constitutional rights are illegal.”

Smith also added a video of him and Trumbetti being handcuffed outside the gym saying “They took Frank and me away and boarded up our private place of business. This is gonna be fun in court.

If this doesn’t alarm you, you are part of the problem. Please share and repost, let’s make these idiots answer for their power trip.”

The arrest took place after New Jersey Superior Court Judge Robert T. Lougy issued a court order on Friday for Trumbetti and Smith to vacate the gym and cease operating in defiance of Murphy’s executive orders intended to lower the spread of the coronavirus.

But according to Mayer, the men allegedly broke and got against Lougy’s order within hours of its issue. Mayer said in a statement “From 24 July through 27 July, a number of individuals were observed entering and using the gym, a direct violation of the court order.”

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