Neighbor in bizarre fight with media outside ‘balloon boy’ home
The scene outside the Heene family home in Fort Collins, Colorado, turned chaotic Sunday as a neighbor of the “balloon boy” family got into a violent altercation with cameras rolling.
Evidently frustrated with the media circus in his neighborhood, the unnamed neighbor exchanged words with reporters and cameramen, and allegedly grabbed a Fox news reporter by the collar before chasing a photojournalist around a TV truck, causing another man to tackle him from behind. The neighbor then proceeded to punch the man repeatedly in the head.
Video of the incident shows a clearly frustrated man arguing with Jon Bowman, a reporter for the Fox affiliate in Denver, before returning to his pick-up truck and attempting to drive through the media scrum.
When a Fox photojournalist apparently tried to take a picture of him, the man exited his truck, chased the photographer around a live truck, and was attacked from behind by a man in a yellow shirt that Gawker says was a neighbor, not a journalist.
KDVR Fox 31 in Denver reports that no charges have been filed in the incident as of yet.
This video is from The Associated Press, broadcast Oct. 19, 2009.