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A tipster told us the other day that the assailant in the Krystal teabagging incident—a "sexual battery," as far as New Orleans police are concerned—was a man named Brian Downing from Phenix City, Ala. We think we've found him.

Two different sources emailed us identifying the same Brian; one provided the photos you see here and gave us Brian's phone number, address (it's not Phenix City, it turns out, but nearby), the name of his wife, and the sporting goods store where he supposedly works, Hibbett Sports. The Facebook profiles for both Brian and his wife have been pulled, but we found this photo lurking in Bing's cache (recall the tipster who ran into Brian and his "3 month old baby" at The Rusty Nail in New Orleans):

A third tipster emailed saying he knew the identity of the teabagger. We replied:

Brian Downing?

Tipster's reply:

Did someone already say?

Did they already call the police?

This morning, we called Phenix City Hibbett store and asked for Brian. The guy who answered provided the number to a Hibbett in Columbus, Ga. "That's the store," he said. "That's where you'll get your story." We called the Columbus store, asked for Brian, and had the following exchange:

"He is no longer here."

"Is he no longer there because of a video he appeared in?"

"He is no longer here."

"Do you know how to get in touch with him?"



We've left a message with New Orleans police. We'll update when we have more. Meanwhile, if anyone knows Brian, you know where to find us:


Update, 11:01 a.m.: We neglected to mention that our Brian here went to Alabama, according to both his page and a tipster.

Update 2, 11:09 a.m.: If you look at the Facebook picture and the video, Brian's wearing the same watch.


Update 3, 12:41 p.m.: The tipster who met the teabagger at the Rusty Nail has confirmed "100%" it's our Brian.


Update 4, 3:46 p.m.: We've updated the story to un-redact Brian Downing's name, since he's turned himself in to police.


EARLIER: NSFW: An Alabama Fan Teabagged A Passed-Out LSU Fan At The Bourbon Street Krystal

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