BELLMAWR, NJ – Police have arrested 33-year-old Ian Smith and 51-year-old Frank Trumbetti, owners of the Atilis Gym in Bellmawr for their continued defiance of Governor Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 lockdown order prohibiting gyms to reopen. Early this morning, police officers showed up at the gym, placing both men in handcuffs. They were charged with fourth degree contempt of court and violation of the disaster control act. Both men also received disorderly persons summonses. According to one eyewitness account, Bellmawr police, Camden County Sheriff’s Department Officers and K-9 units arrived and rushed into the building.
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Welcome to America 2020, where feeding your family and standing up for your Constitutional rights is illegal. @govmurphy flexing his little tyrant muscles finally – only took him 70 days. Officers from the county sheriffs entered the premises without a warrant or adhering to the signage posted on the door requesting they call first. They took Frank and I away and boarded up our private place of business. This is gonna be fun in court. If this doesn’t alarm you, you’re part of the problem. Please share and repost, let’s make these idiots answer for their power trip.
Posted by Atilis Gym, Bellmawr, NJ on Monday, July 27, 2020
The owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr were arrested and released early Monday morning after continuing to operate their business despite a judge issuing a contempt order against them on Friday, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer.
Ian Smith, 33, of Delanco Township, and Frank Trumbetti, 51, of Williamstown, are charged with one count of fourth-degree Contempt, one count of Obstruction, and one count of Violation of a Disaster Control Act, both disorderly persons summons.
On July 24, the Honorable Judge Robert T. Lougy, issued a court order for Trumbetti and Smith to vacate the gym and cease operations. From July 24 through July 27, a number of individuals were observed entered and using the gym, a direct violation of the court order.
Police said both owners refused to leave the gym when asked, leading to the charges.
Trumbetti and Smith were transported to the Bellmawr Police Department where they were charged and released.