News Crew Attack: Woman Charged With Assaulting Reporter

    June 6, 2013

Earlier this week, a reporter and cameraman for Providence, Rhode Island’s ABC 6 news station were attacked by a woman while attempting to question her. The woman’s daughter was shot during a recent graduation party, and the suspect in the shooting had just been caught. When asked how she felt about it, the woman threw a rock at the cameraman, brandished a bat at the crew, and sent two dogs to attack the newswoman.

The newswoman, Abbey Niezgoda, received a tetanus shot for a dog bite and then filed a police report against her attacker, 35-year-old Melissa Lawrence. Now, Lawrence has been charged in connection with the attack.

According to a Providence Journal report, Lawrence now faces two felony assault charges for the attack. She reportedly wore a shirt reading “My Attitude is Your Problem” to court on Wednesday, where not guilty pleas were entered on her behalf. She has been released on personal recognizance and forbidden to contact Niezgoda or the cameraman.

The entire incident was caught on video, leaving little doubt that Niezgoda attacked the news crew:

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