A California man has been busted for felony child abuse after he brawled with a 13-year-old boy in a video that went viral.
Regan Coultas, 46, was arrested Tuesday for the wild, caught-on-camera fight outside a convenience store in Valencia a week earlier, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told CBS LA.
The footage caught the 13-year-old being pinned to the ground, seemingly trying to use a jiu-jitsu-style armbar to defend himself before switching to a headlock when they stood.
“Someone call 911!” one young-sounding onlooker cried, as others implored, “What the f–k are you doing?”
“That’s a grown-ass adult right there,” another person said, referring to Coultas.
Someone else yelled that the boy was just “a f—-ing eighth-grader!”
Coultas, 46, was booked on suspicion of felony child abuse.
He was released just after 10 p.m. Wednesday on $100,000 bond, and is due in court Thursday, online records show.
The fight started when the man complained about the group of school-aged kids crowding him inside a store, witness Ricky Harmison, a worker in a neighboring coffee shop, told CBS LA.
The suspect “told a group of the boys that they need to get back if they don’t get back, he’s going to fight them, beat them up,” he said.
“Being boys, [they] talked back to him,” he said, sparking the man to chase them and fight the teen.
However, the man ended up worst off, getting a bloody mouth in the brawl while the teen just suffered scuffs and bruises.
“When he got up he was stumbling,” Harmison said. “I did smell alcohol on his breath so he may have been intoxicated.”