Councilman Assaulted at Joxer Daly's Pub, Police Say

A 28-year-old man suspected of assaulting Culver City Councilman Mehaul O'Leary at the bar he owns surrendered to police Wednesday.

Suspect Robert Anthony Singerman of Los Angeles allegedly punched O'Leary at Joxer Daly's Pub, 11168 Washington Blvd., about 2:05 a.m. Sunday, according to Culver City police.

He turned himself in around 2 p.m., and was booked on suspicion of assault.

Singerman allegedly demanded another drink after O'Leary shut down the bar, and Singerman was escorted out the back door to the parking lot, where he threw a punch at the councilman, officials said. O'Leary fell and hit the concrete driveway.

O'Leary was hospitalized with what police described as serious injuries. His condition was later upgraded and he is no longer in intensive care, according to KABC-TV.

Sadie Cerda, a neighbor of O'Leary, told KCAL9 the councilman "was escorting him out and the fellow got angry and punched him. He broke his nose in several places and did some damage to the eye ... and then he fell on the cement floor."

She said the suspect was "under the influence of alcohol."

According to the councilman's website, O'Leary came to this country from Ireland when he was 23 with $700 in his pocket.

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