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05-21-2020, 07:27 PM #16
"We’re opening up tomorrow morning no matter what,” Trumbetti said
07-27-2020, 04:11 PM #17
Gym owners arrested for defying Gov. Murphy’s shutdown order
The owners of Atilis Gym were arrested Monday morning in the latest chapter of the New Jersey gym’s repeated defiance of the state’s coronavirus protocols, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office announced.
The arrests came just days after a judge ruled the the owners were in contempt of court and could begin facing fines for keeping their gym open, despite Gov. Phil Murphy’s order that gyms cannot be open as the state continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
Ian Smith, 33, of Delanco Township, and Frank Trumbetti, 51, of Williamstown, were charged with one count of fourth-degree contempt, one count of obstruction, and one count of Violation of a Disaster Control Act.
The men were transported to the Bellmawr Police Department, where they were charged and then released.
Authorities said they observed a number of people entering and using the gym throughout the weekend after Judge Robert T. Lougy issued a court order Friday for Trumbetti and Smith to vacate the gym and cease operations.
Police said both owners refused to leave the gym when asked Monday and were subsequently arrested.
Smith’s attorney, James Mermigis, said the gym was boarded up by authorities Monday and the owners do not have access to get inside.
He said he is unsure what Smith and Trumbetti’s next step would be, but he remained adamant that Murphy’s order to have gyms still shutdown is “unconstitutional” when activities like gymnastics and martial arts have re-opened at certain capacity limits.
“I do believe the governor is overreaching and I do believe this has gone too far,” Mermigis said.
After Judge Lougy’s ruling Friday, Smith told NJ Advance Media they will do “whatever we possibly can” to fight the decision, and he planned to remain in the gym until authorities removed him.
“We will not leave this building under any circumstances unless they take us out in handcuffs,” Smith said.
07-27-2020, 11:47 PM #18
08-07-2020, 03:14 AM #19