Suspect in News 4 crew assault pleads guilty

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 27-year-old Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty to attacking two News 4 crew members in Niagara Falls in Oct. 2016.

Evan Stafford pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted robbery, a D Felony, in Niagara County Court Thursday.

He could be facing up to seven years in prison for the charge.

Stafford attacked a News 4 reporter and photographer last fall as they filmed a segment on “Art Alley”, a public art project sponsored by the City of Niagara Falls.

The photographer was taken to the hospital with injuries, and the reporter suffered minor injuries.


Stafford’s sentencing is scheduled for June 12. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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