KTLA viewers were horrified last night when beloved reporter Mary Beth McDade was approached from behind and then grabbed by a young thug. The screen then went black, leaving Los Angeles residents praying that McDade was ok…
A Los Angeles television reporter was nearly attacked by a man during a live broadcast, in a terrifying incident caught on camera.
Popular KTLA reporter Mary Beth McDade was covering a story about fans mourning the death of David Bowie at his star on the Walk of Fame around 10.07pm on Monday night.
At the start of her live report, a man wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt can be seen standing behind her smiling along with several other people.
In the footage, you can see the man approaching her from behind, as she speaks to the anchors back in the studio on live television.
‘Rick and Cher, you know, he was known for breaking down barriers, and…’ McDade said seconds before belting out a scream as the camera man quickly panned the lens away pointing at KTLA’s news van.
A shaky image of the perpetrator running away was caught on camera for a few seconds before the station started airing McDade’s pre-recorded news story about Bowie.
McDade said the man brushed up against her while making a lewd, sexual remark.
Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Officer Mike Lopez told the Los Angeles Times that the incident was not considered ‘an attack’ and that no one was injured.
Two officers from LAPD’s Hollywood Division arrived on the scene moments after the startling incident.
McDade later posted a photo to Instagram with the two officers and wrote: ‘Hi!! Thank you all for your concern!! :) I am alright!
‘And thank u #lapd for taking a report & trying to catch the guy.’
Hundreds of users on Twitter and Instagram sent McDade messages of support after the shocking incident.
Lopez said that police are investigating the incident as disturbing the peace and are still searching for the suspect.
According to her biography on KTLA’s website, McDade earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Manhattan College in New York.
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