Johnnie Bryon Devault Wiki – Johnnie Bryon Devault Biography
Johnnie Bryon Devault has been identified as the man who was recorded punching Black Lives Matter protester Nicholas Reardon in the back of the head during a rally in southwestern Ohio on June 14. Video of the incident was posted on social media and quickly went viral.
Johnnie Bryon Devault Age
His birthday was listed as August 28, 1955, putting Devault’s age at 64.
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Johnnie Bryon Devault Biker
Devault was initially identified only by a biker nickname. But after videos of the incident spread online and more witnesses came forward, police were able to make a positive identification. Police issued a warrant for Devault’s arrest and charged him with assault. But as of this writing, Devault had not yet been apprehended.
Johnnie Bryon Attack
The registered attack occurred during a chaotic day in Bethel that made headlines around the country, and during this time hundreds of counter-protesters invalidated a small Black Life Item event in a village of fewer than 3000 people. Bethel is located about 48 miles southeast of Cincinnati in Clermont County, and there are only six police officers in the village.
Devault’s record includes several prior arrests in Ohio and Florida. He was arrested and charged with domestic battery in November 2010 in Duval County, Florida. The charge was a first-degree misdemeanor and Devault entered a “not guilty” plea. Court records show Devault was released without needing to post cash bail and he was ordered to stay away from the victim. The record suggests the prosecutor dropped the case in January 2011.
In Bay County, Florida, Devault was cited for driving without a valid license in 2007. The record shows he failed to appear in court at least once before entering a no-contest plea. An “order of insolvency” was also filed. Devault signed paperwork in 2010 stating that he was unemployed, had no financial assets and his debt totaled $500.
In 2002, Devault was arrested in Hamilton County, Ohio, for two traffic violations. In March of that year, he was charged for driving with counterfeit plates. He was “convicted by plea” in that case and paid a fine. In December 2002, Devault was arrested again, this time for driving without a valid license. He was again ordered to pay a fine.
According to The Smoking Gun, Devault’s record also includes arrests for grand theft and receiving stolen property. The website reported that prosecutors did not pursue criminal charges in either of those instances.
Devault Arrested or Not
Village Director Travis Dotson told the Washington Post that no arrests were made that day because several officers were “strangled” by the size of the crowd. He added that many of the hikers are outside the city.
Bethel Police issued a warrant for Devault’s arrest on June 17. But investigators have not been able to find Devault or get in touch with him, according to a news release. His birthday was listed as August 28, 1955, putting Devault’s age at 64. It was not immediately clear whether Devault is employed or retired.
The warrant, which was filed in Clermont County Municipal Court, states that Devault faces a first-degree misdemeanor assault charge. The officer wrote that during a Black Lives Matter protest, Devault punched a protester in the back of the head “in an attempt to cause physical harm. This incident was recorded on several recording devices and surrendered to police as evidence of a crime.” The warrant also noted that “several crime tips from the public” helped the department identify Devault as the man in the video.
According to Clermont County court records, Devault can expect a potential $2,000 bond once he is arrested. The record shows the judge granted a Temporary Protection Order on behalf of the victim. A motion for a “Criminal Stalking Protection Order” was also filed.
According to Clermont County court records, Devault can expect potential $ 2000 bonds after being arrested. The record shows that the judge issued a Temporary Protection Order on behalf of the victim. A lawsuit was filed for the “Criminal Tracking Protection Order”.
Bethel Police posted pictures of the warrant on Facebook and did not blur Devault’s address. Devault’s last known address was a small village called Neville along the Ohio River on the Kentucky border. According to the census data, Neville had a population of approximately 100 people as of 2019.
The Bethel Police Department shared in a news release that they were notified ahead of time about a planned protest for Sunday, June 14. The event was called “Bethel’s Solidarity with Black Lives Demonstration.” Organizers collaborated with police about which streets protesters would occupy and for how long. The group initially thought the march would attract about 25 people but approximately 100 showed up to participate.
But the small event was dwarfed by a massive counter-protest of about 700 people. Bethel Police explained the crowd included several “motorcycle gangs, back the blue groups, and second amendment advocates.” Police said the counterprotesters moved toward Bethel’s Solidarity with Black Lives Demonstration area and “this resulted in approximately 10 incidents” including the one involving a demonstrator getting punched in the back of the head.
In the video that documented the leadup to the punch, Black Lives Matter demonstrator Nicholas Reardon appeared to be alone amid a crowd of counterprotesters. People in the crowd can be heard shouting at Reardon to go home as at least three officers urged everyone to get out of the street.
Devault was recorded standing beside Reardon at the 3:40 mark, in the video embedded above. He was wearing a bandana that was described as being decorated with a Confederate flag. Devault briefly moved out of the frame as Reardon walked onto the sidewalk. Chants of “USA” were heard and one person was heard telling Reardon to “Get the f*ck out of here, boy.”
By the 4:02 mark, Devault was seen standing behind Reardon before punching him a few seconds later. Devault calmly walked away after the hit. Reardon flinched and looked behind him to see who had punched him. He then turned to a nearby officer and said, “Sir, I just got punched in the back of the head.”
The back of the police officer’s hat was in the frame of the video as Reardon was hit. But Bethel Police say the officer didn’t witness the punch because he was looking elsewhere at that moment.
It’s unclear what all was said after that as multiple people shouted over each other. Reardon then asked where he was allowed to demonstrate, which triggered an animated response from several people in the crowd who all shouted at once. At least one person yelled “Cincinnati” as others screamed at Reardon to “get out of our town” and called him a “mama’s boy.”