Mississippi police issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for an Ohio man who they say confronted NBC News’ Shaquille Brewster on live television.
The man, Benjamin Eugene Dagley, of Wooster, Ohio, will be charged with two counts of simple assault, one count of disturbing the peace and one count of violating an emergency curfew, Gulfport police said in a statement.
He could also be in violation of his probation in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, if he traveled without authorization, police said.
Dagley had not been arrested by late Tuesday afternoon, and he could not be immediately reached at publicly listed telephone numbers.
His ex-wife in Ohio declined to comment.
Court documents in Ohio showed the 54-year-old pleaded guilty to vandalism, inducing panic and attempted assault, stemming from a 2017 commercial break-in. He was sentenced to five years probation and 30 days in jail to go along with a $5,000 fine and $10,000 restitution to Cleveland Plating.
The business is an electroplating company that Dagley once owned, according to a report by Cleveland.com. Dagley was arrested on suspicion of drilling holes into tanks of dangerous chemicals.
Representatives for Cleveland police and Cuyahoga County prosecutors could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.
The lawyer who represented Dagley in that case could not be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday morning.
It wasn’t immediately clear why Dagley was in Gulfport, Mississippi, nearly 1,000 miles south of Wooster, Ohio, and in the middle of a major storm.
Brewster was doing a live MSNBC shot from Gulfport, reporting on Tropical Storm Ida in coastal Mississippi, when a man pulled up in a white pickup truck and sprinted toward him.
The man got in Brewster’s face before Brewster calmly ended the report. The man could be heard shouting at Brewster to “report accurately.”