Man charged with attacking N.Y. TV crew covering event

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — 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.

CBS affiliate WIVB-TV reports their 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.

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 26-year-old Evan Stafford and charged him with assault and attempted robbery.