Oklahoma City police need the public’s help identifying an assault suspect who was caught on camera punching a 23-year old in the head outside a bar.
The assault sent the victim to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with a severe brain bleed.
Collin Reid said he was in the hospital for several days with the head injury. Reid is now home and told News 9 he hired an attorney to pursue a civil case against the suspect once police identify him.
About 2 a.m. on June 13, patrons leaving the Light Post Lounge bar near Northwest 10th and Virginia Avenue witnessed what appeared to be a random assault.
Reid said he was leaving the bar with friends and noticed a white Ferrari in the parking lot. Reid said he stopped to admire the car and held a brief conversation with the driver.
“The victim told the officer that it was just a normal, casual conversation,” said Sgt. Dillon Quirk, Oklahoma City Police Department. “In fact, the victim made some compliments on the car the suspect arrived in.”
The victim said he was unsure what provoked the man, who got in the passenger seat of the sports car. That was when the conversation took an unexpected turn.
“The passenger for unknown reasons, randomly punched our victim several times on the side of the head,” said Quirk.
Reid fell to the ground and later told police he blacked out and woke up in the hospital.
“The victim ultimately wound up in the hospital with a significant brain bleed injury,” said Quirk.
The victim is recovering at home while investigators search for the man who knocked him out.
Police released the video on social media in the hopes the suspect will turn himself in or someone who knows him will come forward.
Anyone who recognizes the suspect in the video or knows the owner of the white Ferrari is asked to call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 405-235-7300.
UPDATE: Less than 24 hours after the airing of this story, police said they have identified the suspect but have not spoken to him. They will release his name if an arrest is made or if charges have been filed.