Two bouncers caught on video beating two patrons at Fort Lauderdale's Dirty Blondes bar are facing charges.
Arnald Thomas-Darrah of Oakland Park was arrested and charged with felony battery against Alexander Coelho, who is shown being punched and stomped in the head in a video that quickly went viral on Instagram.
Fort Lauderdale Police said fellow bouncer Jovan Ralfhel Dean will also face a charge of misdemeanor battery from the Broward State Attorney's Office.
The incident began last Sunday at the beach bar when, according to a friend of Coelho and his girlfriend, the party was served a drink they didn't like and asked for a replacement. When they were met by attitude from a bartender, they asked security at the front of the bar for a manager.
Moments of the ensuing confrontation were filmed by witness Keeland Dumont, who uploaded to his Instagram account video showing one bouncer screaming "Have a nice day!" as another punched Coehlo multiple times and stomped his head as he lay on the ground. A third punched Parker, his girlfriend's brother.
Coehlo and Parker were shortly arrested themselves when they returned to the scene, covered in blood, and threatened to fight the bouncers, according to incident reports provided by Fort Lauderdale Police.
But investigators found the video "disturbing," as a spokeswoman put it, and began investigating the bouncers after Coelho provided a statement.
Coelho and Parker also plan to sue the bar. "While our investigation into this matter is ongoing, we are confident it will reveal that Dirty Blondes breached its legal duties by failing to properly screen, train, and supervise its staff," their attorney, Christopher Mijares, told Broward/Palm Beach New Times. "This situation is absolutely unacceptable and this establishment will answer for its actions and face serious liability for the appalling conduct of their bouncers."
Meanwhile, a "Boycott Dirty Blondes" Facebook page has garnered wide attention itself, with nearly 9,000 subscribers.
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