Willamina woman arrested for intimidation, video goes viral

In this day and age of smartphones, cameras are everywhere. One Willamina woman found this out yesterday (friday) She was arrested for intimidation after she allegedly hurled racial insults at a black woman. It was all apparently over parking “crooked” at a McMinnville strip mall at 635 NE Highway 99w Christmas Eve.

Emora Roberson says she starting recording the video after 39 year old Amber Rocco starting hurling racial insults and slapped her boyfriend Keysuan Goodyear. No one was injured. The video has gone viral on the internet and McMinnville Police, Yamhill County Sheriffs office, and the Grande Ronde Tribal Police have arrested Rocco.

On 12-28-18 at about 7:50 pm McMinnville Police, assisted by YCSO, OSP and Grand Ronde Tribal Police, arrested 39 year old Amber Rocco, a Willamina resident, for this incident. Rocco will be transported to the Yamhill County Jail where she will be lodged on the following charges:

Intimidation First Degree, 2 counts (C felony)
Unlawful Use of a Weapon, 2 counts (C felony)
Menacing, 2 counts (A misdemeanor)
Harassment, 2 counts (A misdemeanor

Racism is alive and here right where we live. This woman got mad cuz we “parked crooked” and starting callin us…

Posted by Emora Lynne on Monday, December 24, 2018

timeline per McMinnville, Oregon Police

On 12/24/2018 at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon McMinnville Police officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the parking lot at 635 NE Hwy 99W. Initial reports indicated a disturbance between the occupants of two vehicles. When officers arrived in the area neither party had remained on scene and officers were unable to locate either vehicle.

On 12/26/2018 Officers had contact with an involved party who showed them the video she had taken of the incident. The police department also received information from several other uninvolved parties about the video, which had been posted on social media. An investigation into the incident is on-going.

The McMinnville Police Department takes all crimes seriously and particularly any crime that appears to have racial tones as this one does. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to email Officer Harmon at Rob.harmon@mcminnvilleoregon.gov

*****ARREST UPDATE*****

On 12-28-18 at about 7:50 pm McMinnville Police, assisted by YCSO, OSP and Grand Ronde Tribal Police, arrested 39 year old Amber Rocco, a Willamina resident, for this incident. Rocco will be transported to the Yamhill County Jail where she will be lodged on the following charges:

Intimidation First Degree, 2 counts (C felony)

Unlawful Use of a Weapon, 2 counts (C felony)

Menacing, 2 counts (A misdemeanor)

Harassment, 2 counts (A misdemeanor)

Total Bail Amount: $55,000

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