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Woman arrested after assault on ABC6 crew

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By Abbey Niezgoda

Photojournalist: Marc Jackson

aniezgoda@abc6.com

UPDATE: The woman who attacked the ABC6 crew has been arrested and charged with two counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon. She is scheduled to be arraigned in Providence District Court Wednesday afternoon.

An ABC6 crew was on assignment in Providence when they were assaulted in broad daylight. It started with a question that led to a violent response. The crew was on Public Street in Providence, attempting to get reaction from the mother of the teenage girl who was shot at a graduation party over the weekend.

Instead of declining to speak on-camera, Melissa Lawrence replied "OK, that's good," and then suddenly hurled a rock at ABC6 photographer Marc Jackson. The rock just missed the photographer's head. The crew then started to leave, but Lawrence came out wielding a baseball bat. She then told her two dogs to attack.

You can hear the screams as Lawrence's dogs chase ABC6 reporter Abbey Niezgoda into a backyard a few houses down. Lawrence yells commands to the dogs. Finally, Lawrence calls her dog back while yelling curse words at the crew.

After seeking medical attention, the ABC6 crew filed a police report. Niezgoda was a treated for a dog bite on her forearm. They were never on the woman's property and were attacked right on the street. Police are in the process of putting together a warrant for Lawrence's arrest.

Meanwhile, Lawrence's daughter has been released from the hospital and is currently recovering from a gunshot wound to her lower back.

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