Angry guy throws rocks at TV news crew

By Nick R. Martin | August 26th, 2010 | 3:38 pm | 1 Comment »

CBS 5 (KPHO) News Crew gets rocks thrown at it

File it under the dangers of being a journalist. In this must-watch video, Phoenix television news reporter Pat McReynolds and a videographer dodge rocks being thrown at them by a man they were hoping to interview.

Here’s how their station, KPHO (Channel 5), said it went down:

When a CBS 5 News crew went to the Torres house in Casa Grande to get his family’s side of the story, the brother of Frank Torres greeted them with a litany of profanity before they ever got to the yard.

He refused to answer questions. When the reporter and videographer didn’t leave as quickly as he wanted, he picked up several large rocks and hurled them at the news crew, they said.

The headline on the KPHO story said the “CBS 5 news crew accuses Casa Grande man of assault,” but the man was never arrested.

UPDATE (Aug. 27, 2010): Our original version, based on the story on KPHO’s website, said the rock-thrower had been arrested. We found out Friday he hadn’t. This story has been updated to reflect that.