- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A 60-year-old Arizona man was arrested after he was seen slapping a woman in a wheelchair in the background of a live TV news broadcast.

The incident happened near 2nd Avenue and Jefferson Street in downtown Phoenix, while 12 News’ Joe Dana was reporting live on the Chris Simcox sentencing.

The newsroom was immediately flooded with calls from concerned viewers, the NBC News affiliate reported.

Police responded to the incident and arrested Randall Burgess for misdemeanor assault. Police said he was in a relationship with the woman in the wheelchair, who was largely incoherent when she was interviewed by officers.

Police said they both showed signs of intoxication.



This isn’t Mr. Burgess’ first run in with the law. Court records showed he has a history of charges and convictions involving aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, fighting, and probation violations, 12 News reported. He is currently on probation for a 2015 case involving felony resisting arrest, the station reported.

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