Mississippi Police issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for an Ohio man who allegedly confronted NBC News’ Shaquille Brewster on live television.
The man, Benjamin Eugene Dagley, of Wooster, Ohio, will be charged with two counts of common assault, one count of disturbing the public order and one count of violating an emergency curfew, Gulfport Police said in a report.
He could also be in violation of his probation in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, if he traveled without permission, police said.
Dagley had not been arrested late Tuesday afternoon and he could not immediately be reached at publicly listed phone numbers.
His ex-wife from Ohio declined to comment.
Ohio court documents showed the 54-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to vandalism, causing panic and an attempted assault.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Dagley was arrested on suspicion of drilling holes in dangerous chemical tanks in 2017.
The break-in occurred at Cleveland Plating, an electroplating company that was once owned by Dagley, according to the newspaper.
Representatives from Cleveland Police and Cuyahoga County prosecutors could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
It was not immediately clear why Dagley was in Gulfport, Mississippi, nearly 1,000 miles south of Wooster, Ohio, and in the midst of a major storm.
Brewster was filming MSNBC live from Gulfport, reporting on Tropical Storm Ida on the Mississippi coast, when a man pulled over in a white van and sprinted towards him.
The man entered Brewster’s face before Brewster calmly finished the report. The man could be heard yelling at Brewster to “report accurately.”