W.Va. photographer attacked with his tripod

GLEN, WEST VIRGINIA (WCHS) - A man has been arrested in West Virginia for an alleged attack on a news photographer that was caught on tape.

"Anything you want to say to Mr. Aaron?"

Howard Lilly was silent, and handcuffed, near a camera after state police charged him with three felonies, saying he attacked eyewitness news reporter Bob Aaron, and it was all caught on camera.

Bob was standing on a public road shooting video of Howard's property, after animal control had been there investigating allegations of animal abuse.

"It appears that Mr. Lilly assaulted Mr. Aaron with a tripod of a camera," West Virginia State Police R.R. Cervera said.

Bob's leg was cut and bruised, his finger smashed.

I said I can't believe this is happening! I think I might even know this guy maybe from mules or someplace in the past and he just kind of went crazy there for a minute," Aaron said.

Bob was checked out at a local hospital and is expected to be OK. However his camera? Destroyed.

Howard had nothing to say while being taken to jail. However troopers say he confessed during their interview.

"He was very remorseful. He was in tears in there. He just said that he didn't want his family disgraced by being on TV for something they haven't done," Corporal Cervera said.

Howard Lily is charged with felony destruction of property, grand larceny and malicious wounding.

He's in jail on a $25,000 cash or property bond.


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