Buffalo Crew Assaulted in Niagara Falls

By Kevin Eck Comment

A WIVB news photographer and reporter were injured Saturday after being attacked in Niagara Falls.

The Buffalo CBS affiliate reports a producer back in Buffalo said she heard someone ask the crew for money and for the camera. “The team in the field said they were cornered in the alley by four men who threatened them with a gun,” reports the station. “The News 4 crew said they never saw a gun but two men did physically attack them.”

The crew was in Niagara Falls to cover an art installation. The station photographer was taken to the hospital while the reporter suffered minor injuries.

Niagara Falls Police confirm they have arrested 26-year-old Evan Stafford and charged him with several felonies and misdemeanors, including felony assault and attempted robbery.

Police tells News 4 they are still looking for several other suspects.

According to Chief Bryan DalPorto, the men who attacked the News 4 crew were intoxicated. He said the 400 block of 3rd street is generally a safe area and this is an isolated incident.

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