The woman who last week made national headlines over being detained for trespassing at a Galveston bank after refusing to wear a mask was arrested Wednesday in Texas City after refusing to wear a mask inside another business.

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, Texas City Police spokesman Cpl. Allen Bjerke said.

Officers recognized Wright from news last week of a similar incident in Galveston, Bjerke said. Wright was arrested on Galveston warrants for trespassing and resisting arrest, Bjerke said. She was taken into custody without incident, he said.

Wright was not charged for trespassing at the office supply store, Bjerke said.

“At this time, we don’t feel it’s necessary to file additional charges,” Bjerke said. “There were no further incidents out there at the scene.”

Although Wright had been detained in Galveston on March 11, she hadn’t been officially booked or charged until Wednesday.

Wright was slightly injured during a confrontation with the Galveston police officer and was left to be treated at the hospital. She was discharged without being arrested.

Galveston police confirmed Tuesday warrant division officers were searching for Wright.

Wright, a resident of Grants Pass, Oregon, in several interviews after the Galveston incident said she was on a cross-country “bucket list” road trip.

Her bond was set at $3,000 on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and resisting arrest, according to police. She was held in the Galveston County Jail Wednesday afternoon.

While Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on March 10 lifted statewide mandates requiring masks in public places, he emphasized that businesses could decide on their own pandemic rules about requiring masks on their premises.

Police and public officials had warned that people who don’t follow a business’ mask rules could be charged with trespassing or other offenses.

The incident at Office Depot was the only call the Texas City Police Department had received about masks since the state mandate ended March 10, Bjerke said.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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(27) comments

Jake Swanson

Knowing you have two warrants, you go in to another store and cause a scene by pulling the same stunt? No way is someone this dumb...unless they're from Oregon I guess. Maybe it has something to do with Oregon decriminalizing possession of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone, etc, etc...

Jake Swanson

Also, to whoever she hires as her defense lawyer, I dare you to require her to wear a mask in your office lol

Doug Sivyer


Bailey Jones

She must have wanted to be arrested. Maybe she's thinking about running for congress.

Gary Miller

Bailey> Where did you learn she is a Oregon Democrat trying to improve her political creds?

Doug Sivyer

Much more likely she is GOPQ

Doug Sivyer

Good one Bailey. She would fit right in

Bailey Jones

[lol] Hillarious! [lol] What else is there to say? [lol]

Michelle Aycoth

Bailey, she has more balks than you 😂😂😂

Bailey Jones

Yeah - she has all the balks.

Ron Binkley

Book her Danno!

Christy Callahan

I wonder if they’ll make her wear a mask in jail?

Charles Douglas

Was she smoking on something? If so, WHAT was she smoking on?

Bailey Jones

They have a NO SMOKING sign as well!

Carlos Ponce

No Charles. Otherwise the police would charge her with that.

Michelle Aycoth

Can I start calling Texas City and Galveston police for everyone in a store with a sign posted I see not wearing a mask and expect them to show up to make an arrest ?

Andy Aycoth

Jim Forsythe

No, she was arrested for trespassing, not for non-wearing of mask.

Gary Scoggin

You can if you are the store manager, you ask the person to leave and they don’t do so. Otherwise, if you are uncomfortable, ask to speak with the manager.

Donald Glywasky

Come on vacation, leave on probation

Linda Gonzalez

In the body cam video she accused the officer of "breaking her foot" as I recall, obviously her foot is feeling much better to be able to walk out of the hospital on her own and now into Office Depot so soon...

Carlos Ponce

At UTMB they found four broken foot bones. She was on crutches during the interview with FOX26.

Gary Scoggin

She shouldn’t have resisted arrest.

Gary Scoggin

The crutches were probably prescribed by her ambulance chaser.

Jim Forsythe

If Terry Lynn Wright had put on her mask or just left the bank, she would not have a broken foot and she would not have the medical bills she now has.. She would not have had to pay $90 to get her dog back. She would not have had to come up with bail money. Terry Lynn Wright caused all her problems, because she would not put on her mask or just left.

How many more times will it take before she understands, that when she refuses to wear a mask in a business that requires a person to wear one, she may end up in jail again!

Doug Sivyer

Can't fix stupid.

Gary Scoggin

If she go’s to trial in a criminal charge or on a civil suit, I will volunteer for jury duty.

Carlos Ponce

A good lawyer will not select you.

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