Sep 7, 2006

San Diego Reporter Attacked While Covering Story


(San Diego, CA) A television reporter was bitten, beaten, and gouged as he and his cameraman - who captured the attack on video - tried to cover a story on an alleged real estate scam.

Reporter John Mattes of San Diego's Fox 6 News received cracked ribs, facial lacerations, and bite wounds during Tuesday's confrontation with the couple, who were identified by authorities as Assad "Sam" Suleiman and his wife, Rosa Amelia Barraza.

Fox 6 News has video clips of the original attack, as well as additional clips about other threats that Sulieman has made.

What I think is most shocking is the behavior of Sulieman and Narraza, who seemed completely unconcerned that their violent acts were caught on camera. Both exhibited an inability to refrain from striking the reporter and the cameraman; one can just imagine what they might have done had there not been a camera rolling.

Caution: the video is graphic, and not Springer-esque in the sort of mock rage that sometimes passes for out-of-control antagonism.


Name withheld to protect the guilty said...

I saw him interviewed on the Today show, and I believe he said something along the lines of the wife trying, but being unable, to find the you know what would have happened, especially in CA, where neither the reporter nor the cameraman (nor any innocent bystanders) would have had a concealed weapon.

microdot said...

cheez'o'pizza! Rosa is a piece of work. I watched the video and was shocked that anyone could be so stupid to go off like that on camera.
No defense, no extenuating circumstances, BOOK'EM!
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Dariush said...

Rosa's straight gangsta.

I think I'm in love. :)

fjl said...

This, unfortunatey, has to be seen as part and parcel of the job these days, while our leaders are not quite right in their minds. Yet we've had few like it from Iraq. Another **** irony this week.

Anonymous said...

This story reminds me of some of the folks in Toledo Talk on a testy topic or a bad day.

Mark said...

While I applaud this station for going after an obviously crooked couple, I wonder how much longer it will be before someone is killed pursuing these kinds of stories.

I'm not saying that people turning to news stations to "solve crooked people problems" is a bad thing, but I think it is indicative of how few people in society really think that either police of lawyers will protect them. They don't know where else to turn, so they turn to the local media.

In this video, you see why this is a bad idea: crooked people are dangerous, and they might just not care if they hurt or kill you. Why put innocent reporters in the way of these problems? Where is the societal outcry for increased police enforcement and advanced legal protections?

-Sepp said...

What a couple of scumbags!

Peter fechter said...


Anonymous said...

I think that Mark is right when he suggests that people go to the media when their confidence in law enforcement wanes. In this case, this FOX news station is reporting that this man and his wife were both released on bond. Maybe that is so they can take their anger management classes (wink wink.)

Peahippo said...

Mark, you might want to check that often-ignored document called the "US Constitution", specifically the "Second Amendment" portion, to answer your question about {snicker!} "societal outcry for increased police enforcement and advanced legal protections". No police presence can possibly make up for a responsible self-defense culture.