Fox 6 Reporter Beaten on Camera By Identity Thief

And this is why we file all our reports from the safety of our apartment.

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  1. thrillhouse says:

    its a good thing identity theft isn’t a problem in this country

  2. AcilletaM says:

    The Fox News guy sounded disappointed that there were no stitches, that’s too funny.

  3. Goodness.

    Mattes deserves a raise, a couple weeks’ paid vacation and a bottle of champaign. That’s some amazing TV right there.

  4. adamondi says:

    I don’t know about anyone else, but that obviously proves the innocence of the accused identity thief. I mean, if I was falsely accused of something, I would physically attack a reporter ON CAMERA.

    As a side note, what kind of puss uses his forearm to hit a guy rather than his fist? I hope this guy finds out how criminals really fight in the glorious Florida prison system.

  5. Jupiter Jones says:

    The guy has been threatening people’s lives for months, and its been reported on the news. When, exactly, does he get arrested for that sort of thing? What about the threats he made as soon as he got bailed out of jail? Isn’t that grounds to go right back in?

  6. When Identity Thieves Attack!

    Good point Adamondi…and if you listen carefully, you can hear the reporter say “Crikey” just before being hit…

    In all seriousness though, this guy and his “wife” need to be locked up or better yet, put down.

  7. I feel horrible for the reporter and I’m glad that he’s ok, but as I’m watching I found it a little odd that he’s reporting about people who are known to be violent, but seemingly for the sake of capturing a “good report” on camera he continues to film, even after she tells him to stop (I guess news camera crews don’t have to comply with someone’s explicit wishes not to be on camera).

    I know FOX is home of reality tv, and having water thrown on someone isn’t much of a deterrent, but from the bottle smack to the face, shouldn’t he have stopped filming and gone somewhere else to complete it?

  8. urban bohemian:

    I think that as a reporter, you end up wanting the story pretty bad. No reporter wants to become the story, but if you’ve got a chance to finally get a confrontation with the quarry you’ve been chasing for weeks, I don’t think you run away from that story. I mean, it’s a job.

  9. Chongo says:

    Is it usual for cops to come up on a fight with guns drawn? Probably a stupid question but they could of just ran up and started tossing people.

  10. AcilletaM says:

    Chongo, years ago I was a bouncer at a sports bar and even when we had a guy restrained, on the ground, couldn’t possibly move because 3 of us were on him, they would still come with guns at the ready.

    I believe the idea is that as an officer you never truly know what a person has as far as weapons or what they will do until everything has stopped so they go way over to secure the situation first. They run in and start tackling people then the guy pulls a knife it’s already too late.

  11. ToastedWoobie says:

    (I guess news camera crews don’t have to comply with someone’s explicit wishes not to be on camera).

    She was in a public place and therefore anyone could take her picture/shoot video of her. Now, if she was underage or on her private property, that’s a whole different thing.

  12. bambino says:

    Man, that guy got TOOK. And Chango, are you serious?

  13. kalel666 says:

    Man, after that first “punch”, I’d have hit that guy so hard his kids would be born dizzy. That was a license to beat his ass on television, for the world to see.

    Missed opportunity, man, missed opportunity.

  14. thrillhouse says:

    I know FOX is home of reality tv, and having water thrown on someone isn’t much of a deterrent, but from the bottle smack to the face, shouldn’t he have stopped filming and gone somewhere else to complete it?

    All good cameramen know: when the shit hits the fan, never turn off the camera. You and I both know he would have been out of a job had he of turned it off.

    On the other hand, I can imagine the reporter being like, “Dude, I thought you had my back?”

  15. SpecialK says:

    Danilo,
    It looks like he already got served up a magnum of ChamPAIN!
    That dude certainly smelled what the Rock was cooking.

  16. AcilletaM says:

    kalel666, the reporter can get more publicity for the story/himself (you choose) being injured rather than defending himself. We probably wouldn’t be watching this right now if the reporter didn’t get hurt.

  17. SecureLocation says:

    No offense, man, but this reporter needs some self-defense lessons. That was the worst job of fighting back an attacker I have ever seen. Granted he’s a big dude and he cold-cocked you, but still…Hint: Playing dead doesn’t work when someone is trying to smack the straw out of you. If you’re going to antagonize people like you do–even for a really good reason–you need to learn to defend yourself.

  18. doikk316 says:

    “kalel666, the reporter can get more publicity for the story/himself (you choose) being injured rather than defending himself. We probably wouldn’t be watching this right now if the reporter didn’t get hurt.”

    Also, I would think the camera-person was smart enough to realize he wasn’t just getting a story, but extremely vital evidence in the criminal charges soon to be brought against these two.

  19. bambino says:

    thrillhouse, I bet the reporter is HAPPIER that the cameraman kept filming instead of putting down his camera to help out, possibly losing the incriminating footage.

  20. Elsewhere says:

    And the two perps (always wanted to use that word) are out on bail. Why hasn’t Bill O’Reilly sent out the Fox Police to take them out?

  21. madderhatter says:

    Three words – concealed carry permit.

  22. AcidReign says:

    …..The reporter shouldn’t have turned his back. That was crazy. You can’t defend with your back turned. I’m thinking jamming the small end of the wireless mike into the guy’s throat would have been the way to go.

  23. Frisia says:

    Urban Bohemian, what you are advocating is press censorship by each individual. That’s not really done in free society. A free society has a free press, and that includes picture press. The public has as greater right to know than the criminal has a right to remain unknown. Where would we end up if everyone who doesn’t like the public to know about his crimes could stop the news by beating up the reporter ? Or – and I do not want to put any ideas out here – but look into countries East of you where your kind of “journalism” is being practised. Do you really think that is better ?
    I think the perp and his Gozilla got away with
    a far too lenient treatment by the law.