Journalists from two Detroit news outlets are safe after a man struck both of their vehicles with a baton-like weapon, while both were reporting a story on the west side early Thursday morning.
Crews from WWJ-AM and WXYZ-TV were at Dexter and Davidson around 6 a.m., working on a fatal hit-and-run when a man with no apparent connection to the story approached the radio vehicle and then the ABC affiliate’s van, shattering the windshields of both vehicles with a baton, WWJ’s Mike Campbell reports:
“I had put the windows up because I had started my report and I saw the man, but he seemed to be just walking by in front of the truck. He was saying stuff but I put the windows up because I didn’t want our listeners to hear his foul words and then he apparently, just, something angered him, he turned around and attacked the news truck,” Campbell said.
The man then walked to the TV station’s truck and did the same thing, while reporter Nia Harden and photographer Mike Krotche remained inside and called police. The man was arrested. No further details are available.
Campbell tweets photos of the incident:
On-air report of fatal hit-and-run at Dexter-Davison interrupted by man with lead pipe (?) smashing the WWJ News truck windshield, hood, driver’s side window, then hits a TV news truck, nearby parked vehicles. Police arrest the man; still looking for hit-and-run driver. @WWJ950 pic.twitter.com/MBup1HDCSR
— Mike Campbell (@reportermikec) August 2, 2018