An arrest warrant has been issued for the man who recently attacked MSNBC correspondent Shaquille Brewster on air.
Brewster was reporting on the damage caused by Hurricane Ida in Gulfport, Mississippi, when a White male parked his white truck directly behind Brewster before confronting him and his crew.
The man was caught angrily screaming "report the news accurately" to Brewster and his crew, before they cut back to the newsroom.
Brewster took to Twitter to confirm he was fine and thanking everyone for their concern and support, though he didn't reveal any further details of what transpired after the cameras cut away.
Appreciate the concern guys. The team and I are all good!— Shaquille Brewster (@Shaquille Brewster) 1630337968.0
Little did Brewster know his attacker already had a criminal record and a most disturbing one at that.
The Gulfport Police Department have now identified the man who attacked Brewster as Benjamin Eugene Dagley of Wooster, Ohio.
Gulfport, Mississippi police posted an official statement as well as Dagley's photograph and a photo of his truck to their Twitter page.
We would like to thank the public for coming forward and helping identify Dagley. https://t.co/SFPJAekshn— Gulfport Police Dept (@Gulfport Police Dept) 1630440893.0
Twitter reacted to Brewster's assailant being identified and expressed their hopes he will be apprehended soon.
@GulfportPolice Thank you Gulfport police department!!!!— Tammy Meyers (@Tammy Meyers) 1630457086.0
@GulfportPolice Congratulations for finding https://t.co/e1vBoZvAXu one should do this to ANYBODY and get away with… https://t.co/0uybMPi6K2— Elizabeth Stanley (@Elizabeth Stanley) 1630460573.0
In the statement, the Gulfport Police Department revealed Dagley has been charged with simple assault, disturbance of the peace and violation of an emergency curfew.
These charges are additions to a seemingly growing list of offenses by Dagley.
The police statement said Dagley was already facing charges in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. He violated his probation—which included travel restrictions—by going to Mississippi.
As reported by Cleveland.com, Daley was charged with breaking and entering after breaking into an electroplating company Cleveland Plating, which Daley once owned.
Once he had broken into Cleveland Plating, Dagley nearly caused an "environmental disaster."
Ed Cochran, the current owner of Cleveland Plating, stated Dagley drilled holes in tanks containing sodium cyanide, hydrochloric acid, yellow chromate, ferrous chloride and sulfuric acid.
Dagley's actions resulted in the 27-year-old security guard who discovered the leaks being sent to the hospital with possible cyanide poisoning.
Cochran had no doubt Dagley "knew what he was doing."
"If you mix the (cyanide and hydrochloric acid), you basically have the cyanide gas of World War I."
"It certainly would produce a toxic vapor that could kill."
Two months later Dagley broke into Cleveland Plating once again, this time with two accomplices, and found himself charged with misdemeanor assault after punching a security guard in the mouth and slamming their knee into a door.
Shocking as his past history is, Twitter followers were not particularly surprised Dagley had a criminal past.
More of them were wondering why he proved he violated his probation just to assault another man on live TV.
@GulfportPolice What kind of genius violates his probation on camera? 😂🤦♀️— Kim Paquette 💫🦄 (@Kim Paquette 💫🦄) 1630456949.0
@GulfportPolice On probation with travel restrictions gets on live tv and performs criminal acts…he really likes ma… https://t.co/ByIyItUVwt— Michael Redd (@Michael Redd) 1630465165.0
@nytimes @ashleyrm It's about time. I am sure this is not his first offense. And he will continue with aggressive behavior.— Adele (@Adele) 1630497417.0
Meet Benjamin Eugene Dagley, "tough guy." 🙄🙄 Be on the lookout--traveling from MS in his white Ford F-150 pickup t… https://t.co/zzl3L6vSNh— Bill 🌊⚜️ 🇺🇸Keep The Congress Blue in '22 🇺🇸 (@Bill 🌊⚜️ 🇺🇸Keep The Congress Blue in '22 🇺🇸) 1630502331.0
Here's your daily thought... If there is a warrant out for your arrest, it's a good idea to stay off of national te… https://t.co/pO7L9e8XGL— heather bush (@heather bush) 1630531847.0
The Gulfport Police Department believe Dagley has since left Gulfport and is likely on the run, traveling in a white 2016 Ford F150, with Ohio license plate, number PJR1745.
Those with any information regarding Dagley's whereabouts are instructed to not approach him and to contact their local law enforcement agency immediately.