Dallas photographer refuses to give up camera in attempted mugging

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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WFAA

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 19 at 6:07 PM

DALLAS - "This camera is everything to me," said photographer Stephen Masker.

And it almost cost him his life.
 
Masker told Dallas police a group of three or four men riding in a van pulled up while he was shooting pictures of Uptown Station. At gun point, the men demanded his camera -- the one thing he was unwilling to give.

"I said, 'What? Like, what are you talking about?'" Masker recalled. "He repeated himself and said, 'Give me your camera.' I said, 'I'm not giving you my camera.'"

Masker said the men tried again, and once more he resisted before the men took off in a tan or gold mini-van.

"It was absolutely terrifying," Masker said. "It was unreal."

Highland Park police say a few minutes before, suspects matching the same description held up another man in an alley near Hillcrest and Princeton, taking his phone.

Masker said if he had to do it all again, he would not do it the same way.

"I would've given them the camera if it was a do-over," he said. "If it ever happens again, I'll give away whatever's on me."

Masker said it was daylight and there were people around the DART station, so he didn't fear for his safety.

DART is aware of the incident, but said it did not happen on their property. They urge customers to be aware of their surroundings, and call or text police if they feel unsafe.

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