News 4 crew assaulted in Niagara Falls

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A public art display was officially unveiled in Niagara Falls Saturday.

19 murals make up “Art Alley,” which connects 3rd St. to the alleyway behind the businesses. It was sponsored by the City of Niagara Falls, and several local businesses on 3rd street.

Around 6:30 p.m., while covering the event, a News 4 photographer and reporter were assaulted. The News 4 photographer was taken to the hospital with injuries, and the reporter suffered minor injuries.

A News 4 producer saw the beginning of the altercation in the control room at the station before the camera went black.

The producer said she heard someone ask the crew to give them money and the camera. The team in the field said they were cornered in the alley by four men who threatened them with a gun. The News 4 crew said they never saw a gun but two men did physically attack them.

See what the News 4 camera captured at the scene below.

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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.

Video of Stafford’s arrest can be seen below.

Stafford’s bail was set at $5,000. He will be back in court on Oct. 28.

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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