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Investigators identify location, attacker in video of bloody fight on Hilton Head, police say

Bloody, violent fight on Hilton Head to be investigated by Beaufort Sheriff’s Office

Editor's Note: Graphic Content. Violent brawl on Hilton Head Island was posted on YouTube on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.
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Editor's Note: Graphic Content. Violent brawl on Hilton Head Island was posted on YouTube on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.

Editor’s note: This story was updated Wednesday afternoon to include details from a Sheriff’s Office crime report.

New details have emerged in the investigation of an assault and battery incident connected to a YouTube video of a man pummeling another man at a Hilton Head Island bar apparently over a T-shirt.

Investigators say they know who the attacker is and have determined the video was taken at Mickey’s Pub, “a place (the aggressor) has been known to frequent,” a Sheriff’s Office report said. The person who posted the video to YouTube and a “bystander/possible witness” have also been identified, the report said.

On Tuesday, the same day The Island Packet reported an article about the video, an anonymous source told police the fight happened late Saturday or early Sunday when the pub had it’s Halloween party, the report said.

The Sheriff’s Office did not receive any calls for service at the pub between Thursday and Monday and there were no assaults reported at that location over the weekend, the report said.

Investigators are still trying to identify the victim, the report said.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.

The video, which garnered more than 3,000 views in less than a day, is about a minute-and-a-half long and shows a man walking around a small crowd and yelling before shoving another man to the ground.

A few seconds later, the video cuts to the attacker punching the man in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. He continues to push, punch, and kick the man multiple times, including in the face.

The attacker screams obscenities and at one point says, “Get the f--- out my shirt ... It’s a Christmas gift,” as he tries to pull the shirt off the victim’s back.

In the last moments of the video, the attacker leaves and the victim stands up with a bloodied face and ripped shirt.

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