Two News Crews Robbed at Gunpoint


While reporters for KTVU and KNTV were getting ready to do live reports about the murder of a woman on Pier 14 on the Embarcadero on Thursday a masked man came up behind the camera crews, police said.

Just as KTVU’s anchor Brian Flores turned the live broadcast over to reporter Cara Liu whose attention was drawn off-camera to where the KNTV crew was being assaulted before she ran off camera. Flores ended the live feed when Liu didn’t respond.


KNTV reporter Kris Sanchez thought her cameraman Allen Waples was going to be shot, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

This is not the first time Liu and her cameraman Kevin Crook have been assaulted while doing their job. In February a robber took off with Crook’s equipment while covering a story about the lottery. Months before Liu took a hit to the head while reporting about a man’s death.

Thursday’s incident is the newest one involving reporters being accosted on air.


In April while covering the Freddie Gray death while in police custody a Russian Today Journalist had her purse taken in Baltimore.

A month before that a South African reporter was robbed at gunpoint during a live story.


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