Laura Farinella
Chief of Police
505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Subject :Suspect in Rally "Sucker-punch" Video Arrested
Contact :Sgt. Jim Cota, Public Information Officer    949-464-6671

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.

Anyone with any information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call the Laguna Beach Police Department at (949) 497-0701. For further information, please contact Sergeant Jim Cota at (949) 464-6671 or