Richard Losey, the man who allegedly sucker-punched R.C. Maxwell at a rally in Laguna Beach, has been arrested.
A statement from police says that Richard Losey was trying to flee California when they apprehended him.
Video allegedly showing Losey assaulting R.C. Maxwell has been widely circulated on social media and even prompted Cernovich Media CEO Mike Cernovich to offer a $1,000 reward to the first person who identified Maxwell’s attacker.
Laguna Beach Police Department say that they were able to identify Maxwell’s attacker as Richard Losey “quickly” and say that he’s a 20-year old man from Ohio.
Detectives arrested Losey when he was attempting to flee the state and he’s now sitting in Orange County Jail with a $50,000 bail.
Losey is charged with “misdemeanor battery with a hate crime enhancement” according to the news release from the Laguna Beach Police Department. The release states that the police arrested Losey while he was trying to get a bus pass to Ohio.
Mike Cernovich previously offered a $1,000 reward to find R.C. Maxwell’s attacker:
Cernovich Media is offering $1,000 reward to person who first identifies the assailant who attacked @rcmaxwellgop.https://t.co/Hn2bgaL9v7
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) August 21, 2017
The Laguna Beach Police Department issued a full news release on Maxwell’s assailant:
On Sunday, August 20, 2017, an organized rally from a group known as “America First,” as well as counter-protestors, took place at Main Beach Park in Laguna Beach. During the rally, the victim, who was peacefully speaking with a group of people, was “sucker-punched” by an unknown suspect. The suspect fled the scene before police officers arrived in the area. The incident was caught on video and published on various media and social media sites.
On Monday, August 21st, the victim contacted the Laguna Beach Police Department and reported that he was physically assaulted during the rally by a counter-protestor. Laguna Beach Police Department Detectives were able to quickly identify the suspect as 20-year-old Richard Losey, of Lancaster, Ohio.
On Tuesday, August 22nd, Losey was arrested without incident in Laguna Beach as he was attempting to obtain a bus pass to Ohio. Detectives believe Losey was trying to flee the state to avoid criminal prosecution. Losey was booked into Orange County Jail with a $50,000 bail for misdemeanor battery with a hate crime enhancement.
The Laguna Berach Police Department also tweeted out these pictures of Losey and what appears to be a screen-capture of Maxwell’s assault:
— Laguna Beach Police (@LagunaBeachPD) August 24, 2017
Watch the video of R.C. Maxwell being assaulted:
Laguna Beach Police Department