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Mask confrontation takes strange twist – YPD arrests two


Walmart workers claim couple coughed on them - Police say suspects then resisted arrest

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The Yuma Police Department (YPD) says a Yuma couple is behind bars after a trip to Walmart took a bizarre turn.

The scene outside the Avenue B Walmart just after 11 Wednesday morning

Officers say they responded to a disorderly conduct call at the Walmart on Avenue B and 24th Street just before 11 Wednesday morning. YPD says a couple became confrontational when workers wouldn't let them into the store without masks. Walmart employees claim the couple coughed on them repeatedly and refused to leave.

Officers say, when they showed up 38-year-old Frank Montoya tried to run from them. They say Montoya became confrontational and tried to fight them off when they placed him in handcuffs.

38-year-old Frank Montoya

They say 23-year-old Victoria Parra-Carranza also wrestled with officers when they attempted to take her into custody.

Both Montoya and a police officer had to go to the hospital after the confrontation. Neither was seriously hurt.

23-year-old Victoria Parra-Carranza

Montoya now faces two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, one count of resisting arrest, one count of disorderly conduct, and one count of criminal trespassing.

Parra-Carranza faces one count of disorderly conduct, one count of resisting arrest, one count of criminal trespassing, and one count of hindering prosecution.

Both are being held in the Yuma County Detention Center.

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