Police have arrested a bouncer involved in a Fort Lauderdale bar brawl that went viral. NBC 6's Claudia DoCampo has the story.
Police have arrested a bouncer involved in a Fort Lauderdale bar brawl that went viral.
Arnald Thomas-Darrah, 30, was charged with aggravated battery for the fight at Dirty Blondes Sports Bar in Fort Lauderdale Beach, according to Fort Lauderdale Police.
A video of the fight was posted to Instagram last Sunday showing the bouncers beating up two guys at the bar. In the video, one of the bouncers is seen grabbing someone from behind while the other is seen punching someone else and stomping on his face.
After the fight, a bouncer tells the two men to "have a good day."
Police said victim Alexander Coelho, 29, and his friends were escorted out of the bar after getting into a verbal argument with one of the bartenders, according to an arrest report.
Coelho and his friends walked out of the bar, but asked to speak with a manager as Thomas-Darrah and other bouncers told them to leave, the report said.
All of a sudden, bouncer Jovan Ralfhel Dean, 35, grabbed Coelho's friend David Parker, 28, and threw him to the ground, the report said.
Thomas-Darrah then started punching Coelho without provocation, kicking him in the back of the head once he had fallen to the ground, police said.
Coelho was taken to Broward General Hospital where he received six stitches above his right eye and two above his left eye, the report said.
Dean was charged with misdemeanor battery in connection with the fight. That charge will be filed by Parker with the State Attorney's Office.
Coelho and Parker were also arrested following the confrontation. Police said both men had blood on them and were threatening the staff.
Coelho pushed an officer that was trying to get information from him and was charged with battery and disorderly conduct, according to officials.
Parker was originally given a notice to appear in court after the fight, but officers were called back to the bar later that night when Parker returned challenging security to a fight in the street, police said. He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
The owner of Dirty Blondes told NBC 6 that the problems began when a group of people started speaking to them in a derogatory manner. The owner also said the group had been kicked out of the bar for arguing with the bartender because their drinks didn't have enough alcohol in them.
Meanwhile, friends of the victims held a protest at the bar Sunday afternoon calling for justice. The protest was organized through a Facebook page called 'Boycott Dirty Blondes' that had close to 9,000 likes Sunday evening.
"I watched the video time and time again and I'm absolutely beside myself every time I see it," said a protestor named Justin. "I'm here to today to support the cause of having a little bit more screening and control over our security -- people that are supposed to be securing us and not assaulting us when we are out on the town."
"It wasn't very professional, I think they could have handled it in a more professional manner," said beach-goer Ahmad Wallfal.
"These two guys, I think they have to pay the price for that," said Steven Benzz, who was in the area when police took away Coelho in handcuffs. "If it would not have been caught on video, you'll never find out the truth."
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