YouTube confrontation ends with Coeur d’Alene battery arrest


by TAYLOR VIYDO, & Associated Press

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 5 at 5:54 PM

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- A California man with a large swastika tattoo on his chest is facing a battery charge in northern Idaho following a video posted on YouTube.
Police in Coeur d'Alene arrested 41-year-old Gary Edwin Dixon of Victorville, California, on Saturday after seeing the YouTube video posted on Wednesday.
Police say the video titled "Crazy guy at Texas Roadhouse" shows a shirtless Dixon raging at another man and his family in a parking lot as they leave a restaurant. Police said the altercation began after Dixon claimed the victim yelled at a waitress inside the restaurant.

The video does not show anyone getting hurt, but Dixon challenges the other party to a fight multiple times. Coeur d’Alene Police said that was enough to launch an investigation. 

Detectives first saw the video on YouTube, then contacted the victim whose wife posted it. Officers also went to the Texas Roadhouse to interview witnesses. The victim asked to press charges and officers were able to identify a suspect within the hour.

KREM 2 News asked police if officers followed typical procedure for investigating misdemeanor battery charges. Officers said it is standard procedure to investigate similar crimes as long as the victim wants to press charges.  Sergeant Jeff Walther said the video shows an attack on one of their citizens and behavior like that has no place in Coeur d’Alene. 

ADULT LANGUAGE: Original YouTube video of the confrontation

Officers said the time it took to investigate the case is a small amount to send a message about how to behave in Coeur d’Alene.
Dixon was booked into the Kootenai County Jail and released the same day on $300 bond. The jail roster lists Dixon as currently living in Post Falls.
Northern Idaho has a history of white supremacy groups, but Dixon says he has no ties. Police used Dixon’s swastika tattoo to identify him, but said it had nothing to do with his charges.