Def Leppard drummer attacked outside South Florida hotel
Rick Allen had been in South Florida for concert
Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen was injured in a seemingly unprovoked attack Monday near the valet section of the Four Seasons hotel in Fort Lauderdale.
Max Hartley, 19, of Avon, Ohio, was arrested on a charge of abuse to an elderly or disabled adult, according to a Fort Lauderdale police report.
According to the report, the victim was smoking a cigarette outside the hotel when Hartley, who was hiding behind a pole, charged at him, knocking him to the ground and injuring his head.
Although the victim's identity was redacted in the report, it states the victim "lost his left arm in a traffic accident in 1984."
Allen, whose left arm was amputated after a Christmas Eve crash in 1984, was in South Florida for a concert with Def Leppard and Motley Crue the night before at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.
According to the report, Hartley also attacked a woman who tried to help the victim before getting away.
Police said Hartley was arrested a short distance away after he was seen damaging numerous vehicles in the parking garage of another hotel.
In one of several 911 calls released by police, a caller described the suspect as "very highly intoxicated."
According to the report, the victim in the attack "expressed his desire for prosecution."
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