A man at Canada’s Wonderland charged with assault after allegedly punching employees

A Canada’s Wonderland guest was arrested and charged after allegedly assaulting several park employees, York Regional Police confirm.It happened on Saturday around 3:50 p.m. at the loading dock for the Behemoth ride, said a spokesperson for Canada’s Wonderland. “There was an altercation involving a guest and several associates at the Behemoth roller coaster loading station. Park security and police responded quickly and appropriately, the guest was removed from the park and arrested by York Region Police,” said Grace Peacock, a spokesperson for the park. In a video posted to Reddit, a man appears to hit two of the park employees before being tackled to the ground by other staff. It is unclear in the video what happened prior to the scuffle. Some of the other ride-goers can be seen rushing in to help. Park security officers arrive shortly after the altercation. The man then addresses the people in the lineup for the ride, seemingly looking for confirmation that the altercation was started by the employees. “Who saw him put his hands on me first?” he yells at the crowd. He is met with an audible round of ‘nos’ and booing. The caption to the video claims the fight started after the man refused to put on a mask, but York police Const. Laura Nicolle said there aren’t any notes in the investigative file to suggest this was the case. Nicolle said the man was refused entry on the ride because “he was yelling and was intoxicated.”Canada’s Wonderland’s mask policy dictates that guests over the age of two must wear face coverings on all rides, indoors and outdoors wherever they are unable to maintain a minimum of 2 metres distance between themselves and other guests, adding that water rides are excluded from this policy.York police have identified the accused as 26-year-old Robert Richards.Richards faces two counts of assault. Cheyenne Bholla is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star's radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: cbholla@thestar.ca

A man at Canada’s Wonderland charged with assault after allegedly punching employees

A Canada’s Wonderland guest was arrested and charged after allegedly assaulting several park employees, York Regional Police confirm.

It happened on Saturday around 3:50 p.m. at the loading dock for the Behemoth ride, said a spokesperson for Canada’s Wonderland.

“There was an altercation involving a guest and several associates at the Behemoth roller coaster loading station. Park security and police responded quickly and appropriately, the guest was removed from the park and arrested by York Region Police,” said Grace Peacock, a spokesperson for the park.

In a video posted to Reddit, a man appears to hit two of the park employees before being tackled to the ground by other staff. It is unclear in the video what happened prior to the scuffle. Some of the other ride-goers can be seen rushing in to help. Park security officers arrive shortly after the altercation. The man then addresses the people in the lineup for the ride, seemingly looking for confirmation that the altercation was started by the employees.

“Who saw him put his hands on me first?” he yells at the crowd. He is met with an audible round of ‘nos’ and booing.

The caption to the video claims the fight started after the man refused to put on a mask, but York police Const. Laura Nicolle said there aren’t any notes in the investigative file to suggest this was the case. Nicolle said the man was refused entry on the ride because “he was yelling and was intoxicated.”

Canada’s Wonderland’s mask policy dictates that guests over the age of two must wear face coverings on all rides, indoors and outdoors wherever they are unable to maintain a minimum of 2 metres distance between themselves and other guests, adding that water rides are excluded from this policy.

York police have identified the accused as 26-year-old Robert Richards.

Richards faces two counts of assault.

Cheyenne Bholla is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star's radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: cbholla@thestar.ca