A 48-year-old Renton comedian was ordered held for investigation of first-degree assault on Wednesday, accused of assaulting the host of a local open-mike event who had earlier banned him from performing.
Steven Baldwin was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail during his appearance in King County District Court Wednesday and is expected to be formally charged Thursday, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.
According to the probable-cause statement outlining the Renton police case against him, Baldwin had been asked to leave and not come back after a performance during a recent open-mike night at The Local 907, a bar on South Third Street where the comedy event is held.
Dylan Avila, the host of the open-mike night, barred Baldwin because his “behavior was especially bizarre and lewd,” the statement says.
The Seattle Times reported Tuesday that Baldwin introduced himself as Jesus Christ and used a Bible and a sex toy during his performance a few weeks ago.
Witnesses told officers that Baldwin came into the bar on Monday night with an aluminum bat and waited in a side room until Avila took the stage a little after 10 p.m., the statement says. Baldwin rushed the stage and hit Avila twice in the head with the bat before a group of patrons grabbed him and held him on the floor until police arrived, according to the statement.
Avila suffered significant head injuries and was taken to Valley Medical Center, the statement says.
Baldwin, who was also injured and knocked unconscious by witnesses, was first taken to Harborview Medical Center before being booked into the King County Jail, it says.