The Mississippi police are searching for the man who assaulted NBC News reporter Shaquille Brewster amid a live coverage of Hurricane Ida.
Authorities issued an arrest warrant this past Tuesday charging Benjamin Eugene Dagley, of Ohio, for two counts of simple assault, one count of disturbing the peace and one count of violating an emergency curfew, according to a news release from the Gulfport Police Department.
Dagley also may be in violation of probation for a previous charge in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, that barred him from traveling without authorization, according to police.
“Further investigation revealed that Dagley has left the area and is no longer on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” the release read. “The Gulfport Police Department would like to thank the public for coming forward and helping identify Dagley.”
This past Monday, a correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, i.e. Brewster was reporting live on a beach in Gulfport when a man pulled up in a white pickup truck and rushed toward him, screeching.
“I think we even have a random person going around,” Brewster calmly said amid the live broadcast, as he and the cameraman pivoted away and attempted to continue the report. “We deal with some people every once in a while.”
The situation got hairy when the man charged at Brewster, getting in his face while shouting: “Cover this accurately!” The segment was then suddenly cut off as Brewster protected himself from the man with his arm.
According to NBC, a producer, as well as a photographer for the segment, were able to separate the man from Brewster until he left. Reportedly, the man continued yelling at the crew to “report accurately.”
Brewster later revealed that he was doing just fine after the incident, according to his Twitter, Brewster saying “Appreciate the concern guys. The team and I are all good!”
Brewster also made a statement to Instagram thanking his followers for their concern.
“Overwhelmed by the love and support today after what was definitely the wildest moment I’ve had on air. Our team joked about it afterwards, but it was without a doubt as scary for us as it was for you all watching,” Brewster began.
“While that one report was interrupted, we were right back up in the next hour and will continue reporting as we are here to do.”
Police say that Dagley is traveling in a white 2016 Ford F150 bearing the Ohio license plate PJR1745. Anyone who has information of his whereabouts are been urged to contact their local law enforcement agency.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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