Illinois police arrest man accused of grabbing female reporter, yelling obscenities on air

Illinois police arrest man accused of grabbing female reporter, yelling obscenities on air
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Police in Illinois said they arrested a man over the weekend after he was seen grabbing a female reporter during a live broadcast and yelling obscene remarks on the air, local media report.

According to WGN-TV, police in Shorewood, which is roughly 40 miles outside Chicago, said they arrested the man, identified as Eric Farina, on Sunday.

His arrest came after reporter Gaynor Hall, who works at the Illinois station, was grabbed by a man on live television on Saturday while attempting to provide coverage on the local weather.

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In footage of the moment that has racked up more than 50,000 views on Twitter over the past few days, Hall can be seen discussing severe weather in Shorewood before a man grabs her and yells, “F--- her right in the p----.”

Hall addressed the moment on social media the next morning and wrote a brief note to the man who had interrupted her live broadcast the day before. 

“It was not funny. You violated my personal space. You grabbed me. You scared me. Was it worth it?” she wrote in a Facebook post.

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It wasn’t until later Sunday that WGN reported local police had made an arrest in the case.

Shortly after Farina’s arrest, the station also reported that police said the man confessed to the crime. Farina, 20, is currently facing charges of battery and disorderly conduct as a result, according to the station, and has since been let out on bond.

After his arrest, Hall thanked her social media followers in an update on Facebook for their help in identifying the man.

"Thanks to your help, he was identified and arrested. Thank you all so much for your kind words and support. I am ok and I appreciate you more than you know," she wrote in the post.