Bouncer accused of kicking victim released on bail
BOSTON (WHDH) --A Boston bouncer was in court Tuesday facing charges after a brawl outside of a local bar early Saturday morning.
Video shows a man kicking someone’s head on the ground outside of The Grand Canal bar on Canal Street in Boston. Police arrested 31-year-old Sidney Phillips of Avon, who they say is the man in the video.
“It’s a serious crime and he could have easily been killed,” said the man who recorded the video.
The owners of The Grand Canal said they found Phillips hiding in the bar’s basement and he had changed his clothes.
Prosecutors said the victim, who had a shredded lip, was rushed to the hospital.
“He does have swelling on the left side of his face. He did receive three stitches at the hospital. He is complaining of neck soreness,” said prosecutors.
Phillips’ attorney said Phillips was trying to get a belligerent group out of the bar, but members of the group threatened to stab the bouncers. His attorney said he was a victim of a sucker punch and then attempted to kick the man on the ground’s hands fearing that man had a weapon.
“At this point I only feel comfortable saying Phillips is a good guy and he’s got strong family support,” said defense attorney Patrick Reddington.
Phillips was released on $1,500 bail.
The owner of The Grand Canal, along with his lawyer, went before the Boston Licensing Board Tuesday. He was asked about another incident involving the same bouncer.
“In the video, I observed Sidney Phillips wind up and punch a victim,” said Detective Christopher Hartgrove, Boston Police Department.
Back in December, Phillips was accused of punching a customer in the head. He has not been charged in that incident.
7News has learned Phillips may have a third run-in with a New Hampshire couple leaving the bar in November of 2012.
The owner of The Grand Canal had no comment on those allegations, but said Phillips no longer works at the bar.
The Boston Licensing Board will vote Thursday as to whether the bar will face any sanctions in connection with the incidents.