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Teen arrested in attack on Oakland TV cameraman

A teenager has been arrested in connection with an attack on a television cameraman who was punched and robbed while filming outside a North Oakland high school earlier this month, police said.

Emeryville police arrested the suspect, identified as 19-year-old Deliane Phillips, the day after the Nov. 7 attack, the Oakland Tribune reported. Officers found Phillips in a car with a gun and drugs inside, and later determined it was connected to the Oakland incident.

Oakland police arrested Phillips the next day when he appeared in court for the Emeryville case, the Tribune reported. He was charged Tuesday after the cameraman identified him in a photo lineup.

The KPIX-TV cameraman had just finished a live shot outside Oakland Technical High School shortly after noon on Nov. 7 when, police said, "five young men rushed up and one of them punched the cameraman twice in the face," the Tribune reported. The suspects grabbed the $20,000 camera and drove off in a car.

The camera has not been recovered. Police are still looking for the other suspects.

The Tribune said the attack was the eighth such incident involving Oakland media since April.


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