Providence, RI – Melissa Lawrence was arrested after being caught on camera threatening a news crew and instructing her pit bulls to attack an ABC 6 news crew.
The new crew were there to get Lawrence’s reaction regarding her teenage daughter being shot at a kindergarten graduation party. Although the crew were never on Lawrence’s property and remained on a public street, Lawrence was not happy with them being there and her reaction was more than the crew bargained for.
After cursing at the crew, she throws a rock at the cameraman’s head. She then grabs a baseball bat and instructs her two dogs to attack the crew. The dogs end up gong after reporter Abbey Niezgoda. The dogs end up biting her forearm and chase the poor woman into the backyard of another home before Lawrence finally calls them off.
After Niezgoda was treated for a dog bite and received a tetanus shot, the news crew filed a police report. Lawrence was subsequently arrested and has been charged with two counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon. Lawrence’s daughter has since been released from the hospital and is currently recovering from a gunshot wound to her lower back. The 16-year-old shooter has turned himself into police.
I have no issues whatsoever with the charges filed against Lawrence, as what she did was extremely stupid and dangerous. But I have to admit, listening to Niezgoda yell “Oww!” before running from the two dogs in her high heels was kind of funny to watch. Glad she’s okay, though.Tags: Abbey Niezgoda, Crime, Melissa Lawrence, reporter, Rhode Island