GALVESTON

The Galveston Police Department’s warrant division is looking for the mask-averse Oregon woman whose scuffle with an officer in a bank lobby last week became fodder for both sides of the face-cover debate.

“The warrant division is handling the particulars,” department spokeswoman Sgt. Stacy Papillion said. “Once she is arrested, she will be booked into the Galveston County Jail on the outstanding warrants.”

Terry Wright, 65, of Grants Pass, Oregon, as of Tuesday afternoon hadn’t been formally arrested or charged in the Galveston County court system. She apparently left the hospital where she’d been taken after being handcuffed and removed from a Bank of America branch on Century City Boulevard.

No officers were stationed at the hospital while she was being treated, Papillion said.

Wright’s encounter with a police officer inside the bank made international headlines over her refusal to leave the building after being asked to put on a face mask.

Wright was sought on outstanding warrants for misdemeanor charges of criminal trespassing and resisting arrest, according to the Galveston Police Department.

Wright told the officer she believed she didn’t have to wear a mask because the state had lifted its requirement.

Although Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had that week lifted statewide masking orders in public places, he emphasized individual businesses and institutions could make their own decisions about whether to require masks on their properties.

Galveston police had warned that people refusing to follow a private businesses’ rules or leave could be charged with criminal trespass, typically a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail, a fine of as much as $2,000, or both, according to the Texas Penal Code.

In an encounter caught on a body camera, Wright continued to refuse to leave the building until the officer reached to handcuff her.

A struggle ensued, and the officer forced Wright to the ground and put the handcuffs on her.

Officers didn’t arrest Wright immediately because she was taken to a hospital for treatment for her injuries, Papillion said. No officers were stationed at the hospital while she was being treated, Papillion said.

It was unclear Tuesday whether police know where to find Wright, although numerous news reporters had.

News of her arrest was published by The Washington Post and The Guardian newspaper in London and was featured on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News, among other places.

Wright has given multiple interviews since leaving the hospital. She said her foot had been broken during her struggle with the officer. She told The Washington Post she was staying at an RV Park in Hitchcock.

Wright told a local TV station she had traveled to Galveston as part of a “bucket list” road trip and entered the bank in an attempt to close her account.

During the same interview, she said she never wore masks, even when required, and made a reference to believing in the “plandemic,” a false conspiracy theory about the origins of the coronavirus.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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(8) comments

Doug Sivyer

Who is that maskless Woman? LOL Hi Ho Silver!

Doug Sivyer

Hi Ho Silver! Who is that maskless Woman?

Gary Miller

If a business requires a mask Texas law requires a mask. This woman is a scofflaw that should be handed the full weight of law.

Charles Douglas

Mr. Miller> Maybe she came down here to show us Old Southern Folks how to live lawlessly, and be free "outside"of laws we don't like!!! Lolo.

David Schuler

Maybe getting arrested was on her bucket list too?

James Reeves

A little over a year ago, someone walking into a bank with a mask on would have freaked everyone out. Now, it is the opposite. We live in interesting times.

Jim Forsythe

David you may be right.

Terry Lynn Wright, 65, was arrested on two outstanding warrants about 9 a.m. after police were called to the Office Depot in Texas City about a woman refusing to wear a mask in the building or leave, said Texas City Police spokesman Cpl. Allen Bjerke.

Stuart Crouch

Well, she is from Oregon. Recalling all of the times that I have been reminded by those that were caught lying about the January 6 riotous insurrection, in their best "whataboutism" way, that "blm and the antifas were responsible for all of it". Maybe, just maybe, this lady is one of those damn "antifas"? [ninja]

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