Dirty Blondes and Fort Lauderdale Police Respond to Beating Incident UPDATED
A violent video showing three Dirty Blondes bouncers beating on patrons outside the popular Fort Lauderdale Beach watering hole has gone viral since hitting the internet Sunday evening.
BSO Alexander Coelho arrested Sunday at Dirty Blondes on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Two patrons, identified as Alexander Coelho, 29, and David Parker, were arrested and charged with battery and disorderly conduct after a fight broke out on the busy stretch of boardwalk.
The witness video shows the patrons being choked from behind, punched, and then thrown to the ground and stomped on the head. Comments from friends of the victims claim the incident was sparked when Coelho and his girlfriend requested to speak with a manager after receiving attitude from a bartender over drinks.
According to sources, the two patrons Coelho and Parker were arrested after fleeing and returning the scene an hour later, hoping to make their case to police. WSVN reports that the patrons have since bonded out of jail and hired an attorney.
Broward County Sheriff's Office David Parker
While Dirty Blondes management declined comment when contacted yesterday afternoon, they did release a statement via their Facebook page, which has since been removed:
We deeply regret the matter, which occurred at Dirty Blondes at approximately 7:00pm on Sunday, July 28.
This is by all accounts was an isolated incident, resulting when four patrons, two males and two females, were repeatedly asked to leave the bar.
While we do not condone the actions displayed in the 15-second video circulating, no further statements on what led up to, during or after the incident ensued will be issued until we review the matter internally with all parties involved.
The two men involved in the matter were subsequently arrested, one for pushing an officer after the incident, the other for returning to the property an hour later. At this time, no charges were made against any members of the staff, and management has pledged to cooperate with authorities should an investigation take place.
Management would however like to offer a sincere apology to patrons and those who bore witness to the unfortunate event while enjoying their Sunday afternoon.
After being flooded with hundreds of angry comments, the Dirty Blondes Facebook page has been taken down twice and is currently offline. A "Boycott Dirty Blondes" Facebook page went up last night and has already garnered over 2,000 likes.
County Grind is still awaiting details from the official incident report and will update this post once we have received them.
Read the Fort Lauderdale Police Department's statement and view the police report on the next page.