The Ohio resident accused of assaulting an MSNBC reporter in a bizarre, viral incident in Mississippi has been found.
Investigators arrested Benjamin Dagley on Thursday in Dayton, Ohio. He’s facing charges of assault and violating terms of his probation.
When the U.S. Marshals Office task force received word that Dagley’s white 2016 Ford F150 pickup was in the area, they located the truck at a nearby shopping plaza, according to a news release from the agency.
The team waited for the 54-year-old and arrested him after he left a store.
“Due to assistance provided by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, our task force members were able to track this fugitive from Mississippi to his arrest location in Dayton,” U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said in the release.
Dagley faces two counts of assault, one count of disturbance of the peace and one count of violation of emergency curfew by the Gulfport Police Department.
In a video of the viral incident, Dagley can be seen parking his white pickup behind Shaquille Brewster, a broadcast news reporter for NBC News and MSNBC, and running toward the camera shouting about “accuracy.”
Brewster quickly moved to clear the man from view, but the man forced the reporter to sign off a few seconds later. “Craig, I’m going to toss it back to you because we have a man who is upset right now,” Brewster said.
When the camera broke away to another news anchor, the man assaulted Brewster, according to the Gulfport Police Department.
After the incident, Brewster tweeted he and the MSNBC team were okay. “Appreciate the concern guys. The team and I are all good!” he wrote.
The video quickly went viral and the man suspected in the incident was later identified as Dagley from Wooster, Ohio, according to police.
A warrant was issued for his arrest on Tuesday. With help from the Cuyahoga County Adult Probation Department, Gulfport police said they determined Dagley was on probation for a prior charge.
One condition of his probation, according to Gulfport Police, included travel restrictions.
Dagley was charged several years ago with breaking and entering into his former business, Cleveland Plating in Cuyahoga County, according to a Cleveland.com report. Surveillance showed that he drilled into tanks containing sodium cyanide, hydrochloric acid, yellow chromate, ferrous chloride and sulfuric acid, the news site reported.
At the time of the incident, he was also in the midst of an ongoing dispute with the company regarding the property, its lease, mortgage and other issues.
Cleveland Plating’s owners asked a judge for a temporary restraining order and Dagley was charged with misdemeanor assault, accused of breaking into the building and punching and slamming a door into a security guard, according to the Cleveland.com report.