Arrest warrants issued for man who accosted NBC reporter covering Hurricane Ida

The man who accosted an NBC reporter covering Hurricane Ida on Monday is now wanted for arrest.

The arrest warrants issued Tuesday charge Benjamin Eugene Dagley, from Ohio, with two counts of simple assault, one count of disturbance of the peace and one count of violation of emergency curfew.

“We would like to thank the public for coming forward and helping identify Dagley,” the Gulfport Police Department in Mississippi tweeted Tuesday, along with a headshot of Dagley and a photograph of his white Ford pickup truck.

Dagley is no longer on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, according to police.

The Gulfport Police Department has also contacted the Cuyahoga County Adult Probation Department in Ohio for a potential violation of probation. Dagley’s probation from a previous charge barred him from traveling. 

Dagley allegedly assaulted NBC News correspondent Shaquille Brewster during a live broadcast while he was covering Hurricane Ida. 

“The rain has stopped. The wind is still going,” Brewster said on MSNBC as Dagley pulled over in his white pickup truck and ran toward the reporter.  

Dagley shouted something about “accuracy” at the crew and got in the reporter’s face before the shot cut away.

A video of the incident had been viewed more than a million times on Twitter as of Tuesday afternoon. 

MSNBC President Rashida Jones on Monday applauded Brewster’s handling of the situation.

“Like the consummate professional, he did not let someone intimidate him from doing his job,” she said. “We’re glad he and the team are safe, and we couldn’t be more proud and supportive of their work.”

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