Covina man arrested for allegedly price-gouging the public, selling N95 masks for $300 a box

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hundreds of N95 respirators were found during an arrest on April 7, 2020. (Baldwin Park Police Department)

hundreds of N95 respirators were found during an arrest on April 7, 2020. (Baldwin Park Police Department)

A Covina man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly price-gouging the public by marking up the price of N95 respirators and selling them online.

Investigators were given a tip about the online ad and found two posts that were advertising masks for $300 per box, the Baldwin Park Police Department stated in a news release.

A meeting was set up with the seller, identified as 30-year-old Johnwill Baldonado, where investigators purchased a box of respirators for $300.

Police arrested Baldonado on suspicion of price-gouging following the sale, the release stated.

Investigators said they found 21 boxes containing a total 420 N95 respirators during the arrest.

“During a state emergency the law prohibits charging a price that is more than 10% what an item costs before the state declaration of emergency,” the Police Department stated.

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