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Pair charged with assault after confrontation inside Eugene bakery over face mask requirement

Brian Bull
Crumb Together in Eugene.

Note: This story has been updated as more information has come in since initial reports of the incident.

Eugene Police say Ricki Collin and Amy Hall of Portland entered the Crumb Together cookie eatery Wednesday morning.  In video of the incident, the pair refuse to wear face masks as requested, and a female employee tells them to leave repeatedly, with the argument escalating.  When Hall shoves the employee, she grabs a metal bat, and says they’re trespassing . Collin and Hall get into a physical scuffle with the employee, as the video captures sounds of shouting and struggling.  

As the footage pans away to the outside of Crumb Together, Hall and the employee continue struggling and swearing, until Hall breaks away, and exits the entrance. Collin shakes the employee’s own bat at her, saying “You don’t get to [expletive] assault people and run a business!”  before leaving with Hall, carrying the bat.

(Warning: this video contains actions and language that may upset some viewers.)

The pair contacted police shortly afterwards and showed them a livestreamed video they’d shot themselves of the entire confrontation. Police then arrested Collin and Hall for assault in the third degree, with an additional charge of robbery for Collin for walking away with the employee's bat. The pair were taken to the Lane County Jail, and Collins’ video – first shared on his YouTube channel – has since been taken down (other videos denouncing mask policy and citing his interpretation of law and ordinances remain.)

Calls to Crumb Together for comment were not returned. A visit to the small business Thursday afternoon found it closed and dark. A KEZI reporter on scene told KLCC that the woman who got into the physical confrontation with Collin and Hall was treated for minor injuries, namely cuts and bruises, and was shaken up by the experience.

Crumb Together has shared Tweets over previous stalking, phone bomb campaigns, and harassment since announcing their mask policy in recent weeks.

An EPD spokesman confirms that the Crumb Together employee was taken to the hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries, and that Colin and Hall were taken to the Lane County jail on charges of third degree assault (with an additional charge of third degree robbery for Collin, for taking away the employee’s bat and leaving.)

A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for early December.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.