A person caught on video sucker-punching comic Andy Dick in New Orleans has been arrested, police mentioned Wednesday.
David Hale, 46, was booked on costs of second-degree battery and easy battery after the controversial comic and musician mentioned he was knocked unconscious for 15 minutes early Saturday by a person outdoors One Eyed Jacks nightclub within the French Quarter.
Hale was taken in custody because of a tip from the general public, police confirmed on Twitter.
Surveillance video of the unprovoked assault reveals a person decking Dick outdoors the membership as folks gathered to mingle after the present.
Dick, 53, was about to hop right into a automobile to go away the membership on the time, in line with his promoter within the Massive Simple.
“We stroll out the membership to Uber and have been saying bye to buddies,” promoter Robert Couvillion advised WVUE. “Andy was standing in entrance of the membership when the man cold-cocked him whereas he was speaking to somebody. Andy’s head fell into the wall, then fell into the motorbike, then cracked on the cement.”
Dick will probably by no means carry out once more in New Orleans, Couvillion mentioned.
The connection between Dick and Hale – if any – is unclear. His Fb web page identifies him because the proprietor of Killer NOLA Crawfish in New Orleans. He has additionally beforehand labored on the New Orleans Fairgrounds, in line with the profile.
Dick, in the meantime, advised the Occasions-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate that the vicious blow knocked him out “100 p.c for 15 minutes” earlier than he was rushed by ambulance to a hospital, the place he was admitted into an intensive care unit for a “potential mind bleed.”
Couvillion and one other man chased after the attacker, however the man slipped away, Couvillion mentioned.
A police spokesman declined on Wednesday to supply extra particulars, together with a potential motive for the alleged assault.
If convicted of second-degree battery, Hale may withstand eight years in jail.