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Man arrested for assaulting Ch. 4 news crew covering story

A Channel 4 news crew was assaulted Saturday evening while covering a story in Niagara Falls.

WIVB reporter Nick Quattrini and a photographer were accosted about 6:30 p.m. while covering Art Alley, murals on exterior walls of buildings between the 400 block of Third Street and Ferry Avenue, according to the WIVB web site.

The photographer has not been indentified, however Quattrini wrote on Facebook that the photographer has a large black eye, cuts and bruises, a facial fracture and needed stitches inside of his mouth. Quattrini said he walked away with only a scrape on his chin.

A producer for the station said she heard someone ask Quattrini and photographer to give him their camera and money before the connection with the crew was disconnected, according to the station.

Niagara Falls Police told Channel 4 they had arrested Evan Stafford, 26, charging him with assault and attempted robbery in connection with the incident, and that they are looking for other suspects.

Quattrini posted this video on his Facebook page. He indentifies Stafford as the one shown being arrested by police.

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