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The 20-year-old man is arrested after grabbing a reporter over his shoulders during a live broadcast

20-year-old Prankster is arrested on charges of assault after grabbing a reporter over a live broadcast and shouting ‘a profane and disturbing statement’ to the camera

  • Eric Farina, 20, has been charged with battery and disorderly conduct in connection with the Saturday night incident
  • WGN reporter Gaynor Hall recorded a live broadcast during a recent storm in Shorewood, Illinois, when she was interrupted
  • Claimed to be Farina, a man suddenly runs into the picture, grabs Hall’s shoulders and screams ‘f *** her right in the p ****’, looking at the camera lens
  • Despite the persistent coronavirus pandemic, the man was not wearing a face mask or other personal protective equipment when addressing Hall
  • Farina was arrested early at his home in Minooka on Sunday morning, police said
  • He confessed to the crime and was released on a $ 2,500 bail
  • Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19

Eric Farina, 20, was charged with battery and disorderly conduct related to the Saturday night incident, while WGN reporter Gaynor Hall recorded a live segment during a recent storm in Shorewood, Illinois

Eric Farina, 20, was charged with battery and disorderly conduct related to the Saturday night incident, while WGN reporter Gaynor Hall recorded a live segment during a recent storm in Shorewood, Illinois

A man who allegedly caught a news reporter from Chicago during a live broadcast and shouted obscenities at the camera has been arrested by police and is now charged with sexual assault.

Eric Farina, 20, was charged with battery and disorderly behavior related to the Saturday night incident, while WGN reporter Gaynor Hall recorded a live segment during a recent storm in Shorewood, Illinois.

Footage from the exchange shows Hall introducing her prepared news package when a man called Farina suddenly comes into the picture, takes the reporter over her shoulders and shouts her straight into the p ** along the camera lens.

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the man was not wearing a face mask or other personal protective equipment when addressing Hall. The man then ran away from the scene.

Police later described the man’s comments as “blasphemous and disturbing.”

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Footage from the exchange shows Hall introducing her prepared news package when a man called Farina suddenly comes into the picture, grabs the reporter and shouts her straight into the p ** **, looking at the camera lens

Footage from the exchange shows Hall introducing her prepared news package when a man called Farina suddenly comes into the picture, grabs the reporter and shouts her straight into the p ** **, looking at the camera lens

Footage from the exchange shows Hall leading up to her prepared news package when a man called Farina suddenly comes into the picture, takes the reporter over her shoulders and shouts her straight into the p ** **, looking at the camera lens

The station quickly cut away from the broadcast to a video package of Hall’s report and later apologized for the man’s bad language. WGN’s anchors also assured viewers that Hall was “fine.”

But in a Facebook post referring to the incident, Hall revealed she was shocked by the man’s actions.

‘It was not funny. You violated my personal space. You grabbed me, ”she wrote. “You scared me. Was it worth it?’

Farina was arrested early at his home in Minooka on Sunday morning, police said. He confessed to the crime and was released on a $ 2,500 bail.

The stunt, which police said was a joke, was made in reference to a worn-out viral joke that first surfaced online in 2015, in which audience members checked live broadcasts by uttering the same blasphemous statement as Farina did.

Farina was arrested early at his home in Minooka on Sunday morning, police said. He confessed to the crime and was released on a $ 2,500 bail.

Farina was arrested early at his home in Minooka on Sunday morning, police said. He confessed to the crime and was released on a $ 2,500 bail.

The man shouted obscenities at the camera

The man shouted obscenities at the camera

Farina was arrested early at his home in Minooka on Sunday morning, police said. He confessed to the crime and was released on a $ 2,500 bail.

The station quickly cut away from the broadcast to a video package of Hall’s report and later apologized for the man’s bad language. WGN’s anchors also assured viewers that Hall was “fine.”

Hall celebrated Farina’s arrest on Facebook, thanking her fans for their kind messages in the days that followed.

“Thanks to your help, he was identified and arrested,” Hall wrote. “Thank you very much for your kind words and support. I’m fine and I appreciate you more than you know. ‘

Hall’s post was quickly flooded with comments containing similar supporting messages.

“I am ashamed that this happened in our village,” wrote local Erica Uribe. “Yesterday after we were hit by the storm I was so proud of how all the neighbors got together and we all helped each other with the cleaning, but then this ignorant person is going to do this repulsive” stunt “and give us all a bad name. ‘

Likewise, Beth Paluzzi wrote, “I’m so sorry this happened to you in our city. We are better than that! We have the best community with great, friendly people who care about and respect each other. ‘

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