TV News Reporter Robbed While Covering Shooting By Off-Duty Police Officer

The reporter was on the scene of a shooting in Brooklyn when a brazen thief tried to snatch her purse. 

Sometimes you got to give it up for a criminal whose crime is so brazen they either have nerves of steel or just don’t give a damn. Such is the case with Linda Sanchez, who tried to snatch the purse of a reporter who was on the scene in Brooklyn covering the shooting of an unarmed man by an off-duty police officer. News 12 Brooklyn on-air reporter Kena Johnson was sitting in her station van at the crime scene when Sanchez, who was walking her pet Labrador Retriever, opened up the passenger door and made a grab for Johnson’s purse and ID card.

Johnson has been with the local cable news channel since 2012 and goes by the name Kena Vernon on air. She put up a fight and managed to wrest her purse back from the thief but Sanchez fled the scene with the ID. Fortunately a crime scene is usually a good place to find the police who swiftly gave chase and apprehended her nearby. Sanchez was arrested and charged with robbery and possession of an illegal weapon.

Johnson was in the area covering the death of Delrawn Small, who was shot after assaulting an off-duty police officer he felt had cut him off in traffic. 

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