Fort Lauderdale

Video captures brawl outside Fort Lauderdale Beach bar

 

ldixon@MiamiHerald.com

The video, only 15 seconds, shows a violent fight erupting outside a Fort Lauderdale Beach bar Sunday evening.

And after it was posted on Instagram, it went viral, receiving over 500 “Likes” and 600 comments. It even captured the attention of Fort Lauderdale police.

It starts with a large man wearing a black T-shirt labeled “Security” grabbing one of the patrons outside the Dirty Blondes Bar, dragging him and then slamming him to the ground. Other bouncers then punch and shove another patron, knocking over tables and chairs in the process, and kick him repeatedly in the head. Off to the side, a blonde woman throws a punch. Eventually, one of the injured men gets up, clutches his wounds, and runs off. The bouncer exclaims, “Have a good day, go home!” and the video ends shortly after.

But the skirmish didn’t end there, according to police.

After the video ended, the two injured patrons came back to the bar, located at 229 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., and challenged the bouncers to a fight.

By that time, Fort Lauderdale police were on the scene. They asked the two men to calm down and explain what had happened earlier.

But the men, identified as Alexander Coelho, 29, of Pembroke Pines and David Parker, 28, of Sunrise, were too heated.

Coelho and Parker were arrested and charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, police said. Coelho was also charged with battery on a law enforcement officer.

The two have since been released on bond, and have hired attorneys, who declined to talk about the case Tuesday.

But detectives from Fort Lauderdale’s Violent Crimes Unit also want to talk to the men, to see if they want to press charges against the bouncers.

“This incident will remain an open case and charges are pending the victims’ official police report and desire to prosecute,” said Fort Lauderdale Detective DeAnna Greenlaw.

Dirty Blondes initially posted an apology for the incident on its Facebook page, but the bar has since deleted its page.

Bar representatives did not return calls or emails from the Miami Herald.

Another Facebook page, this one called “Boycott Dirty Blondes,” went up Monday. The page attempted to identify the bouncers, and claimed that some of them have criminal records.

As of Tuesday, the “Boycott” page had 4,000 “likes.”

Police are asking anyone with additional information or video of the incident to contact the Fort Lauderdale Police Department at 954-828-5700.

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