Man charged with attacking TV crew covering event

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP/WIVB) — Authorities say they’ve charged a man with attacking a reporter and a photographer for a Buffalo television station as they covered a public event.

WIVB-TV reports the crew was covering the opening of a public art display in the city of Niagara Falls on Saturday evening when they were accosted by several men in an alley. A producer monitoring the live video feed from the scene heard someone ask the crew for money and the camera before the camera went black.

The crew said they were cornered in the alley by four men who threatened them with a gun. The WIVB-TV crew said they never saw a gun, but two men did physically attack them.

Police say one of the men punched the reporter and photographer in the face. During the attack, the camera smashed on the ground. The reporter suffered minor injuries while the photographer was taken to a hospital for treatment of facial injuries.

Police later arrested a 26-year-old man and charged him with assault and attempted robbery. WIVB-TV reports that police are still looking for several other suspects.

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