Tuesday, January 7, 2014
News crew attacked with pepper spray
The crew, which consisted of four men between the ages of 28 and 61, was breaking down their equipment after filming in the area when two male suspects believed to be in their late teens ran up from behind and pepper-sprayed them, according to police.
The robbers then took the camera and fled west toward San Jose Avenue, police said.
The victims were treated at the scene for eye irritation and then released.
The robbery was the latest in a series of attacks of TV news crews in the Bay Area. In August, a KGO-TV crew was robbed of their camera gear in broad daylight in Oakland. In September, an armed security guard traveling with a KRON news crew in San Francisco foiled an attempted robbery and shot one of the suspects.
TV stations have been hiring private security guards to travel with news crews in high-crime areas.
SFGate reported in November that stolen TV cameras sometimes end up with porn producers. "Turns out stolen TV news cameras are popular among porn purveyors and in overseas markets, where questions are less likely to be asked," the SFGate item stated without attribution.