By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Downtown Needles, California: A man verbally and physically attacks ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez well he was waiting for his food order at Munchy’s restaurant.
At around 3:15 p.m. PT on Friday, August 6th, 2021, I was on my Android cellular phone talking to my friend as I was waiting inside the Munchy’s restaurant located at 829 Front Street for my food order.
A Hispanic male, 5’7 height, thin weight, and wearing a dark handkerchief, white hat, black shirt, and bright neon green and blue shorts, walked into the Munchy’s restaurant to order a drink and began to verbally attack me, saying “Fuck ZachNews” and began to walk up onto me when I was seating down.
I told him to get lost and he got more in my face and pushed me than thrown his soda at me.
He than ran off onto the Birmingham Northern Santa Fe railroad property than towards the thick trees and vegetation that is located just west of the River Edge Golf Course possibly running towards J Street.
Surveillance video released of the man who later attacked me Friday afternoon. The restaurant release what they said was captured; the man said "Fuck ZachNews" then walking up towards me as I was on the phone, sitting down and waiting for my lunch order. pic.twitter.com/6gNgoT4lc4
— ZachNews (@ZachNews) August 7, 2021
Munchy’s restaurant provided a picture and video from the surveillance camera that captured the man leading up to the attack but I was told that this is what their surveillance camera was able to capture from that angle.
The suspect said during his run away from me and across the railroad property that his run that he was on parole, and did not want to be on camera as I attempted to take his picture which I did but my security lock on my phone kept locking up.
I did contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station about what the man did to me, and have typed out ready a statement for law enforcement, but there has been to response from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station regarding this incident including responding to the location where the suspect ran off towards.
Following what occurred, I suffered an anxiety attack and had to take care of the anxiety attack issue.
This attack comes hours after arriving back from a birthday vacation trip, taking a break from ZachNews which remains locked out on Facebook but was up on the website and on Twitter.
The latest attack on ZachNews is raising more concerns and questions on if ZachNews is to continue following the attack, safety and response for help that occurred Friday afternoon.
I like to thank Munchy’s restaurant for their assistance in providing a picture and video of the suspect as well as thank Teran Woody of TWoody TV on YouTube and his friends for coming to help me following the attack.
The attacks on ZachNews have continued for way too long without consequences and punishment, and if no actions is taken to stop these punks and hold them accountable for their actions, than these types of very bad people will continue to get away with their crimes and hurt more innocent people of our community.
Be on a lookout for this suspect everybody, and please make sure to protect yourself no matter what from being attack by very bad people like this suspect.