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Local New York reporter robbed while covering shooting

July 6, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Local New York reporter robbed while covering shooting

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A local T.V. reporter in New York was robbed while she was covering the shooting of a man by an off-duty police officer in Brooklyn on Monday.

News12 reporter, Kena Johnson, 35, was in News 12’s van at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Monday when she was approached by 31-year-old Linda Sanchez.

Sanchez, who was walking a Labrador Retriever, opened the passenger door and grabbed Johnson’s ID card and purse, according to the New York Post.

Johnson, who also goes by her air name Kena Vernon, fought with Sanchez to grab her bag back. However, Sanchez managed to flee the scene with Johnson’s belongings.

Law enforcement officials were able to track down Sanchez and charge her with robbery and illegal weapons possession after authorities discovered that she was carrying a four-inch knife.

Police said Sanchez has a lengthy rap sheet with seven arrests, six of which are sealed, the most recent prior to this incident, was for infringing on an order of protection.

Sanchez arraignment was scheduled for Tuesday in Brooklyn Criminal Court.

At the time of the robbery, Johnson was reporting on the road rage shooting of Delrawn Small by an off-duty police officer, who has been identified as Wayne Isaacs.

The victim reportedly became enraged when he thought that Isaacs cut him off on the road. Small punched him repeatedly in the face before the off-duty officer pulled out his gun and fatally shot him.

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