Couple’s violent video of attack over masks in Oregon cookie shop lands them in jail


Two anti-mask protesters who shot video of themselves attacking a Eugene, Oregon, cookie shop owner over COVID-19 rules wound up being arrested.

Screengrab from Twitter video

A violent video of a confrontation at an Oregon cookie shop over face mask rules sent two protesters to jail when they showed it to police, news outlets report.

Ricki Collin, 34, and Amy Hall, 45, entered the Crumb Together store in Eugene at 11 a.m. Nov. 3 to confront the owner over COVID-19 precautions, KEZI reported.

In the video, shot by Collin, the owner repeatedly asks them to leave if they won’t wear face masks as posted at the shop. Collin and Hall argue the owner must serve them regardless.

As the woman tries to crowd them out of the shop without touching them, Hall shoves her, prompting her to retrieve a baseball bat and order them to leave, the video shows.

Hall attacks the woman, taking the bat and knocking her to the floor as she screams for help, the video shows. The violent struggle lasted several seconds, the video shows.

“You don’t get to f—— assault people and run a business,” Collin shouts, pointing the stolen bat at the woman, as he and Hall leave the shop.

WARNING: This video contains violence and profanities that some readers may find disturbing. The unedited video can be viewed here.

The video, which had been posted to a YouTube channel about anti-mask protests, has been removed but a repost on Twitter has been viewed more than 615,000 times and received more than 17,000 likes.

Collin and Hall flagged down a Eugene Police Department officer nearby and showed him the video to try to have the owner arrested, resulting in the couple’s immediate arrest on suspicion of assault, KLCC reported. Collin also faces a charge of robbery for taking the bat.

The Crumb Together owner was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, KOIN reported.

“We’ve had a helluva day,” read a post on the store’s Twitter account, noting that it was shutting off online orders to try to catch up with a surge in business.

“Hello to new friends — we’re not usually controversial, just a cookie store,” read a later post, noting the owner is bruised but recovering and thanking people for their support.

Collin has a history of arrests and has posted other videos of himself confronting businesses and others, including a library, over mask requirements, KEZI reported.

This story was originally published November 7, 2021 2:28 PM.

Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

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