The man accused of sucker punching comedian-musician Andy Dick outside a French Quarter club early Saturday is in jail.
David Hale, 46, was booked into New Orleans’ jail on Wednesday morning with one count each of second-degree battery and simple battery.
Dick had finished a performance at One Eyed Jacks in the 600 block of Toulouse Street and was lingering outside about 2:20 a.m. Saturday when he was attacked. Surveillance video of the ambush, which WWL-TV aired Tuesday, shows a man step from behind a woman on the sidewalk and throw a haymaker punch at Dick that landed violently on the 53-year-old entertainer’s head, knocking him down.
Dick’s head hit something near the wall of the club and then bounced off the sidewalk as he fell. He lay motionless on the ground as bystanders rushed to help him.
The attacker then snatched up a beer bottle from the curb and walked away as a group of people ran after him, with one woman tripping to the ground during the chaos.
Dick said he was “knocked out 100 percent for 15 minutes” and was taken to a hospital, where he received treatment for brain bleeding. A fellow performer, guitarist Paris Dylan, said Dick’s head hit a motorcycle before it hit the ground.
Dick’s camp said they do not know why the attack happened and asserted it was unprovoked.
A representative for Dick said the attacker then punched a second man, among those who chased him, around the corner of the club. That moment did not appear to be captured in the surveillance video from Tuesday.
Dick’s camp had identified Hale by name as the puncher to both law enforcement and the media on Monday, when the comedian first discussed the incident. They said they obtained it from people who were with Hale at One Eyed Jacks and had identified him as Dick’s assailant.
It was not clear Wednesday morning whether Hale had made any statements to investigators, who have not discussed a possible motive in the case.
A bail amount had not been set for Hale on Wednesday morning. Check back for any updates.
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Source:: Daily Times