News Video: Former Cop Punches and Knocks Outs Valet Outside Florida Hotel


A dispute over a parking charge ended with a customer punching and knocking out a valet at a Fort Lauderdale resort, and the entire incident was caught on camera.

The incident happened Tuesday night at the Ocean Sky Hotel & Resort at 4060 Galt Ocean Drive and was captured on the hotel’s surveillance video system.

Fort Lauderdale Police Department said it is aware of the incident.

The video shows valet Rudolph Rodriguez approached by hotel guest John Henry Kiernan outside the resort’s front entrance. The two have a brief conversation before Kiernan suddenly punches Rodriguez in the face, knocking him to the ground.

Kiernan bends over Rodriguez and puts one of the valet’s arms behind his back as a crowd forms around the men. Kiernan walks away and a woman comes and helps Rodriguez into a sitting position before the video ends.

“He punched my face and I don’t remember nothing,” Rodriguez said. “He punched me for no reason.”

Rodriguez told NBC 6 that Kiernan was upset over an $18 valet charge. In a phone interview with NBC 6 Friday, Kiernan said the dispute was over the charge for a vehicle belonging to someone who he was hosting at the hotel.

Kiernan, who lives in central Florida, said Rodriguez was very disrespectful to him and his wife in front of his kids and that the valet told him he wanted to fight.

“I guess he finally got irritated and looked at me and said ‘you are going to fight me,'” Kiernan said.

Fort Lauderdale Police responded to the hotel but didn’t arrest the 37-year-old Kiernan, who told officers he was a former cop. Police said at this point it was a Misdemeanor Battery but Kiernan hasn’t been charged. The department said it will wait on the State Attorney’s Office to pursue charges.

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    Again cops FAIL to do their job.

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