A pair of bouncers caught on a cell phone video pummeling two customers at Dirty Blondes Sports Bar last week have been charged with battery after a 15-second clip of the beatdown went viral on social media.
Arnald Thomas-Darrah, 30, a resident of Oakland Park, has been charged with aggravated battery, Fort Lauderdale police said Sunday.
A second bouncer involved in the July 28 incident, Jovan Ralfhel Dean, 35, is facing misdemeanor battery charges that will be filed by the Broward State Attorney's Office, according to Fort Lauderdale police.
Their t-shirts say "Security," but they're no more than low-life, ghetto thugs.
A brawl that involved bouncers from the Fort Lauderdale Beach bar Dirty Blondes and patrons rocked the busiest stretch of the beach Sunday afternoon.
The man who gets pounded, and even stomped on, in the video below was identified as Alexander Coelho, 29, of Fort Lauderdale.
Believe it or not, he’s the one who was arrested, and charged with battery and disorderly conduct.
How did all this happen?
Broward/Palm Beach New Times posted a Facebook comment from Mary Ann Crespo, who New Times says is "a friend of the patrons involved in the confrontation."
This is a video of my friend Stephanie & her boyfriend, Alex. They were at Blondies yesterday, got a drink they didn't like, asked for a new one (offering to pay for both) & then got verbally attacked by the bartender. When they asked the security guys at the door for the manager, this is what happened! I hope they sue Blondies and the employees get arrested! If I lived in Florida, Blondies would never get a penny from me ever again! This is horrible & disgusting. Please help them & share this video. It could've happened to anyone of you out for your Sunday Funday.
So, who owns this dump?
Public records show that Dirty Blondes is owned by Lior Avidor and Aiton J. Yaari.
Last January, the Sun-Sentinel reported that Ft. Lauderdale city commissioners were considering "proposals to allow State Road A1A hotels and restaurants to offer food and beverage service on the beach in front of their establishments — and to allow beachgoers to bring their own drinks."
One of those quoted in the story was Dirty Blondes owner, Aiton Yaari:
"Fort Lauderdale beach is a world-class destination," said Aiton Yaari, a member of the beach business district committee recommending the hotel and restaurant service to commissioners. "We want to be something special. We want to be like Saint-Tropez."
Yeah, judging from that video and others on the Internet, I'd say Dirty Blondes is really "something special." And definitely "world class."
Meanwhile, a "Boycott Dirty Blondes" Facebook page has been created. As of this writing, the page has over 3,300 "likes."
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