US Marshals Arrest Ohio Man Who Attacked Reporter in Mississippi on Live TV
01:50 GMT 03.09.2021 (Updated: 13:23 GMT 06.08.2022)
The man who aggressively harassed an MSNBC reporter in Mississippi earlier this week during coverage of Hurricane Ida's wrath is said to currently be on probation in Ohio for a previous charge. The probation terms reportedly include travel restrictions, which were allegedly violated.
The US Marshals Service announced on Thursday the arrest of Benjamin Dagley, a 54-year-old Ohio man who was identified as the individual filmed harassing an MSNBC reporter in Gulfport, Mississippi, during national coverage of Hurricane Ida.
According to the US Marshals Service's statement, members of the dangerous fugitive task team captured the suspect at a Dayton, Ohio, shopping mall after receiving information that Dagley was still reportedly driving his white Ford F-150 with an Ohio license plate.
After witnessing Dagley exit a store in the plaza, task force members found his pickup in the parking lot and detained him.
— Gulfport Police Dept (@GulfportPolice) August 31, 2021
Earlier, the Gulfport Police Department issued a warrant for Dagley after he angrily interrupted MSNBC News reporter Shaquille Brewster while covering Hurricane Ida off of US Highway 90 in Gulfport on August 30. Dagley was charged with two charges of assault, one offense of disruption of the peace, and one count of violation of an emergency curfew by the Gulfport Police Department.
As Brewster was detailing the consequences of Hurricane Ida, which hit the area just a day prior, Dagley, as seen on the live coverage video, whipped his white pickup vehicle off the road and onto the backdrop of the reporter's shot. Brewster then pauses the reportage by saying, "I think we even have a random person going around," as Dagley steps out of his truck and runs toward him to ask in person: "You’re reporting this accurately, right?"
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 1, 2021