The man responsible for delivering a brutal knockout to comedian Andy Dick outside of a bar in New Orleans has been arrested.
46-year-old David Hale was booked into a New Orleans jail Wednesday morning on two counts of battery.
Surveillance video of the violent attack, obtained by **WWL-TV **, shows a man step from behind a woman on the sidewalk and throw a nasty sucker punch that rendered the comedian unconscious and sent him sprawling to the ground.
Dick’s head appeared to hit 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 believe it was unprovoked.
A representative for Dick said the attacker 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 attacker.
A bail amount had not yet been set for Hale after his arrest.
In Louisiana, second-degree battery is a felony that can carry up to eight years in prison.
Simple battery is a misdemeanor and calls for a maximum of six-months in prison.