Another Small Business Owner Arrested By Police For Opening His Gym

A New Jersey fitness enthusiast has been arrested after he went to work out at a gym that opened in defiance of the state’s stay-at-home order.

The gym goer, who has not been named, was pictured in handcuffs and being taken into custody outside Atilis Gym in Bellmawr Tuesday, while the facility’s co-owners Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti were issued summonses by police officers ordering them to close.  

The gym reopened for business Monday morning, defying Governor Phil Murphy’s order for non-essential businesses to stay shuttered to slow the spread of coronavirus

The move attracted attention across New Jersey and the gym opened its doors to crowds of supporters for the second day in a row Tuesday.

A New Jersey fitness enthusiast was arrested Tuesday after he went to work out at a gym which opened in defiance of the state's stay-at-home order

Bellmawr police issued Smith and Trumbetti with summonses soon after it opened Tuesday, marking the second summonses handed down in as many days at the gym. 

One gymgoer – wearing a face mask and a vest that read ‘Only you can prevent dad bods’ – was seen being led away in handcuffs by officers. 

The man was detained after getting into a verbal altercation with an officer when he left the gym, reported NBC

According to reports, he had refused to give police officers his name when he came out of the gym after working out.  

It is not clear if he is facing charges over the incident. has reached out to Bellmawr Police Department for comment.  

Other fitness fans were also pictured having their details noted down by officers in the parking lot outside the facility. 

Officers were jeered by supporters and gym-goers who had flocked to show their support for the business owners. 

Supporters, some not wearing masks, waved American flags and banners with slogans reading ‘Keep social distance. Wear a mask’, ‘Liberate New Jersey’ and ‘Respect law enforcement at all times. This is a peaceful gathering.’

At one point, co-owner Smith used a megaphone to address the crowds that were gathered in support. 




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