Viral video shows man punching employee in Eugene over mask dispute

Eugene Police said they are investigating the incident but still haven't located the man.

Posted: May 5, 2021 12:23 AM
Updated: May 5, 2021 5:54 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- A video is circulating on social media of an unidentified man assaulting an employee at a business in Eugene, all over his refusal to wear a mask. 

The incident happened Sunday, May 2 at La Mota, a marijuana dispensary, on West 7th Avenue in Eugene. The video shows the employee and the man squaring up for a fight. At one point the man throws a punch at the employee and eventually walks off.  Eugene Police said they are investigating the incident but still haven't located the man.

KEZI also received information that the same man has been spotted at other businesses promoting anti-mask views. One viewer said he handed out cards that said Breathe Free Lane County. KEZI looked into the group and according to their website, they promote not wearing masks.

A different employee at La Mota said the man walked in and tried to shop but was refused service because he wasn't wearing a mask. He became agitated and that's when the situation escalated to punches being thrown.

This is a developing story.

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