WORCESTER, Mass. — A bouncer at a Worcester club is now facing several charges. Those charges include assault, robbery and kidnapping.
The video is getting a lot of attention on YouTube. One moment the strip club’s bouncer looks at the camera and smiles, and then he throws a punch in the face.
The bouncer, identified by Worcester Police as 35-year-old Easton Byfield, strikes the victim after accusing him of selling drugs inside the club. Byfield locked the door and the punched him a second, third and then fourth time in the bathroom of the club.
Police say there is no evidence at all that the 25-year-old victim did anything wrong.
“We don’t know if this is just one isolated incident or if this is something he’s been doing and shaking down people in the past,” said Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst of the Worcester Police Department. “Pretty much what this looked like was a shakedown. This video that we have that we took off of YouTube is a pretty graphic in detailed video. It’s a great piece of evidence. It pretty much leaves it with little doubt on what occurred and what went on.”
Police say Byfield stole $300 out of the victim’s wallet and called it the victim’s “sacrifice.”
7NEWS caught up with Byfield at his condo complex while he was walking two little dogs. There, he told 7NEWS that he had never heard of YouTube.
At the club, the manager at the door told 7NEWS that this was an isolated incident.
“Nothing like this ever happens here. We are a respectful club. This is a gentlemen’s club,” said Alberto Rodriguez, club manager.
Byfield will be arraigned on Tuesday at Worcester District Court.
Meanwhile, police want to speak with the man who was shooting the video. He has been identified as another bouncer at the Platinum Premier Club.
Since the beating happened on May 25 there are suspicions that the two bouncers had a falling out, and that’s why the video surfaced.