Woman arrested in McMinnville intimidation

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Police said they arrested a woman seen in a video screaming racial slurs and holding a knife in a parking lot in McMinnville. 

Authorities arrested 39-year-old Amber Rocco of Willamina just before 8 p.m. on Friday, according to McMinnville police. 

Police said Rocco would be taken to Yamhill County Jail and booked on 2 felony charges of intimidation and unlawful use of a weapon, as well as 2 misdemeanor charges of menacing and harassment. Her bail was set at $55,000. 

Amber Rocco was arrested December 28, 2018 for intimidation and harassment in McMinnville on Christmas Eve (Yamhill County Sheriff's Office)

What happened on Dec. 24

The McMinnville Police Department said officers were sent to the parking lot at 635 Northeast Highway 99W around 2:20 p.m. on Christmas Eve. 

A parking lot in McMinnville where police were called to investigate a possible intimidation crime, Dec. 24, 2018 (KOIN) 

Officers said they were responding to reports of a disturbance between 2 people in 2 different cars but neither person was in the parking lot when officers arrived. 

Emora Roberson was one of the people involved in the incident. She took a video and later shared it with police and on social media. It shows a woman yelling at Lynne and someone else off camera. The woman shouts racist expletives and can be seen holding a knife in her right hand. 

Roberson wrote on Facebook, “This woman got mad cuz we “parked crooked” and starting callin us n******, spit on my boyfriend, and slapped him in the face. She slammed the door on my foot and was acting way outta pocket.” 

Roberson told KOIN 6 News she and her aunt had gone into a smoke shop. When they came out, Roberson said the woman was berating her boyfriend about how they had parked their car. 

“She just started acting crazy,” said Roberson. “She spit on him and slapped him and that’s when he was like, okay, you need to back up, you took it too far.” 

Roberson said she just wanted the confrontation to be over, especially since her 15-month-old daughter was in the car and she feared for her safety. She added that this is the first time she’s ever experienced anything like this in McMinnville. 

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story. 

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