PROVIDENCE, R.I. (TheBlaze/AP) — A Rhode Island TV station says a woman threw a rock, waved a baseball bat and urged her dogs to attack a news crew reporting on a kindergarten graduation party shooting.
And there appears to be wild video to prove it.
WLNE-TV reports that its cameraman and reporter were trying to speak with the mother of a recovering victim Tuesday after a teenage boy turned himself in to police.
“Instead of declining to speak on-camera, Melissa Lawrence replied ‘OK, that’s good,’ and then suddenly hurled a rock at ABC6 photographer Marc Jackson,” WLNE-TV claims. “The rock just missed the photographer’s head. The crew then started to leave, but Lawrence came out wielding a baseball bat. She then told her two dogs to attack.”
The reporters were in the street, and retreated even further when the dogs came out. Still, video shows the dogs chasing reporter Abbey Niezgoda into a neighbor’s backyard, and biting her forearm.
The crew filed a police report after bringing Niezgoda to the doctor, where she reportedly received a tetanus shot.
Lawrence has since been arrested and charged with two counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon, WLNE reports. She is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
Watch WLNE-TV’s complete report, including video of the unexpected attack, below: