POSTED: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 1:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 1:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A Charlotte, North Carolina man is facing charges after shoving a WMBF News reporter, snatching her microphone, and shouting expletives on live television Wednesday night.
While standing on the sidewalk in the heart of Myrtle Beach, reporter Ashley Taylor was speaking live during the WMBF 11 p.m. newscast concerning the escalating crime rates across the Grand Strand, when she was violently pushed from in front of the camera.
Justin Moore, 20, jumped in front of the camera after nearly shoving Taylor to the ground.
Wearing a blue t-shirt and dark sunglasses, the man snatched the microphone from the startled reporter's hand and began shouting the "N" word, in reference to himself.
An unexpecting audience viewing the newscast suddenly saw Moore come across their screen and scream, "I am that [‘N' word]," before the live shot ended.
In a report from the Myrtle Beach Police Department, officers state they were contacted by the victim who said while she prepared to go live on television she and a coworker noticed a group of four to five males lingering in the area.
When Taylor began talking, she told police, one of the males knocked her out of the way, nearly causing her to fall to the pavement after grabbing her microphone.
Police officers were given pictures of the suspect, who was arrested only moments later.
Video of the assault was given to police who placed the recording into evidence.
Moore was placed under arrest and charged with third degree assault and battery.
He was released from jail Thursday afternoon on a bond of just under $1,400.
Taylor returned to work Thursday afternoon and reports that she is fine and appreciative of WMBF viewers who have reached out in concern.