August 5, 2013 – Fort Lauderdale Florida, police have arrested a bouncer involved in a violent brawl more than a week ago outside a Fort Lauderdale beach bar, after a cell phone video of the fight went viral.
Arnald Thomas-Darrah, 30, was charged with felony battery yesterday for his part in the July 28 clash, and another bouncer, Jovan Ralfhel Dean, 35, will be charged with misdemeanor battery.
The 15-second video of the fracas shows victim Alex Coelho, 29, standing outside Dirty Blondes Sports Bar on North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard before being brutally assaulted by Thomas-Darrah. Another man, David Parker, 27, was also assaulted by Dean.
The cell phone video shows Coelho standing outside the bar with his arms around his girlfriend surrounded by at least three men wearing black shirts with ‘Security’ written on the back.
In the next moment, Thomas-Darrah is punching Coelho without apparent provocation.
When Coelho falls to the ground, Thomas-Darrah stomps on his head. As Coelho flees, bent double and clutching his head, Thomas-Darrah can be heard to call, ‘Have a nice day!’
Coelho was taken to Broward Health Medical Center and needed six stitches over his right eye and several over his left eye, the police report said.
- Dirty Blondes’ Bouncer Arrested For Allegedly Beating Alex Coelho (blogs.browardpalmbeach.com)
- Lauderdale Bouncer Charged In Viral Video Brawl (miami.cbslocal.com)