A popular Seattle-area comedian was attacked onstage during an open-mic event at a Renton restaurant Monday night by a man who allegedly was angry that he wasn’t allowed to perform.
Dylan Avila, 36, was standing onstage at The Local 907 in Renton on Monday night during an open-mike show that he runs when a man hit him in the head twice with an aluminum bat, according to his wife, Kalimar Avila Petitt, of Des Moines. About half the people in the audience rushed to Avila, while the other half tried to stop the attacker.
According to Avila Petitt, the suspect had performed at the open-mike show a few weeks ago, introducing himself as Jesus Christ and then doing a performance that included a Bible and a sex toy.
“Dylan was acting in the best interest of the business, and the patrons and comics, to ask him not to return,” she said.
Attendees said the man sneaked into the bar on Monday, hid behind the stage and waited for Avila to go onstage. He hit Avila once along his left ear, and then once along the back of his head. Avila suffered a double skull fracture, his wife said. The father of three underwent surgery Tuesday at Valley Medical Center in Renton, where he will be in the intensive-care unit for at least another day.
The suspect, 48, is in custody at the King County Jail for investigation of assault, according to the jail roster. He was denied bail.
Avila Petitt said her husband is “incredibly shaken” by the attack and feels overwhelmed by the support he has received. Donors to a GoFundMe page have contributed more than $13,000 for his medical costs.
“He’s emotional and grateful to his friends and fellow comics that saved his life,” Avila Petitt said. “We’re both pretty overwhelmed with how amazing the outpouring of support has been.”
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