Eugene store owner attacked while enforcing mask mandate, police say

The incident was recorded and shared live on YouTube.

Posted: Nov 3, 2021 4:56 PM
Updated: Nov 4, 2021 1:06 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The owner of a Eugene cookie store was assaulted while trying to enforce the mask mandate on Wednesday, police say.

It happened at about 11 a.m. at Crumb Together on Oak Street when a man and woman walked into the business and refused to wear a mask, police said. Police said Ricki Collin, 34, and Amy Hall, 45, both of the Portland area, were arrested and taken to the Lane County Jail after the altercation.

Ricki Scott Collin

Amy Verlee Hall

Meanwhile, the owner of the business was taken to a hospital for treatment of her cuts and bruises.

The man involved recorded the incident and shared it live on YouTube on Wednesday.

It begins with the man walking toward Crumb Together, saying he's heard reports the owner was chasing customers out of the store with a baseball bat.

The video shows the two going into the cookie store and the owner is heard saying they can't be in there because they don't have masks on. That's when the man says businesses have to serve the public and the owner repeatedly asks them to leave. 

You can see the owner of Crumb Together try to point them to the door. The woman shoves the owner, who goes behind the counter to grab a baseball bat, but the man and woman again refused to leave. In the video, you can see the woman grab the bat, starting a physical fight between the three. 

Police said Collin and Hall flagged down officers who were nearby following the assault and provided the video of the incident for officers to review. That's when officers took them both into custody for third-degree assault. Collin was also charged with third-degree robbery for reportedly walking away with the bat. 

Back in August, the owners shared how they put out signs about their mask requirement. It said, "Because of the unvaccinated, masks required again. Thank you for your support!" 

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The owner, Deirdre Steirpe, told KEZI at the time that she'd had enough with those who choose to be unvaccinated.

"I was infuriated, I was angry, you know this has really affected our business and you know as a business owner, freedom of speech and I felt it was necessary," said Steirpe.

In October, owners of the store posted on the Crumb Together Twitter account about issues with prank calls and claiming that an anti-masker pointed a gun in their direction while in a vehicle. To read the thread, CLICK HERE.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The video of the incident has been taken down.

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