YouTube Beating Video Leads To Worcester Bouncer’s Arrest

WORCESTER (CBS) – A video that went viral on the web has led to a bouncer’s arrest in Worcester.

Police say they had received several leads last Thursday from the text-a-tip web site about a bouncer allegedly beating up a man at the Platinum Premier Club on Southbridge Street in Worcester last May.

The anonymous tips referred to a video that was posted on You Tube.

WBZ-TV’s Ron Sanders reports.

“One of the employees is filming the incident while the other employee is questioning the patron,” police Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst said in a statement.

Officers said the bouncers first took the customer in the bathroom and accused him of dealing drugs, but he had no drugs on him and then he was robbed. “This is your sacrifice right here,” the bouncer is heard to say in the video as he flashes the cash.

“During the questioning, the male, without warning, punched the victim in the face; he then continued to punch him approximately three more times in the face and head area. At one point in the assault the employee takes cash out of the victim’s wallet and kept it. The employee also locked the bathroom door while the assault was taking place, preventing the victim’s escape,” said Sgt. Hazelhurst.

At one point, the victim is ordered to kneel and pray to the bouncer saying, “Oh great (expletive) brown dude…” “You’re lucky I didn’t bring you in the basement and (expletive) dismantle you. You’re lucky to be able to walk out of here,” says the bouncer on the video.

Police eventually tracked down the victim, a 25-year-old man from Worcester.

“He informed the officers that the incident occurred on May 25, 2010 while he was at the club,” Hazelhurst said. “The victim stated that he feared for his safety after the incident and did not report the incident to the police because the bouncers had his name and address.”

Police say the bouncer, 35-year-old Easton Byfield of Oxford, filed a police report the day of the incident claiming he was attacked by the patron.

Officers tracked Byfield down Friday and arrested him.

On Monday, WBZ-TV went to Byfield’s apartment, where he answered the door and promised to call later to talk but did not. He repeatedly refused to comment.

He’s now charged with assault and battery, kidnapping, unarmed robbery and filing a false police report.

He’ll be arraigned Tuesday in Worcester County District Court. Police said the video makes “a great piece of evidence” in the case.

WBZ-TV’s Ron Sanders contributed to this report.


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