Woman Arrested For Assaulting ABC6 News Crew, Sends Dogs To Attack [VIDEO]
A woman accused of assaulting an ABC6 news crew in broad daylight while she was tracking a story, has been taken into custody and charged with two counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon. She threw rocks, wielded a baseball bat, and even used her dogs to attack the reporter and her cameraman.
ABC6 reporter, Abbey Niezgoda and photog Marc Jackson were out on the street in front of Melissa Lawrence's residence on Public Street in Providence, RI to inquire about an arrest that was made over the weekend. It was in relation to a shooting at a kindergarten graduation party in which Lawrence's 16-year-old daughter was suffered a gunshot wound to her lower back.
In the video, it's clear that Lawrence did not want to speak with Niezgoda about the issue judging by the rock she hurled at Jackson, that grazed the arm of the cameraman, barely missing his head. As the crew begins to depart, Lawrence comes out with a baseball bat and then tells her dogs to attack.
At that point you hear screams as the reporter runs to escape the dogs as they give chase, jumping and biting at Niezgoda until she retreats to a backyard located a few houses down. Finally, Lawrence calls her dogs back, but doesn't exit until giving one more obscene mouthful to the news team.
Lawrence will be arraigned in Providence District Court this afternoon, but Animal Control has failed to locate her two dogs. If Lawrence doesn't cooperate with the authorities over the mandatory 10-day rabies quarantine, she could face "no less than 10 days and no more than 30 days" in prison.
Her teenage daughter has been released from the hospital and continues to recover from the gunshot wound at home.