- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - Video evidence led to the arrests of two Phoenix strip club employees in the off-duty death of a Daisy Mountain firefighter last weekend, authorities said Tuesday.

Surveillance video showed Centerfolds Cabaret bouncer Brandon Douglas Draper pushing Luke Jones to the ground and striking him numerous times and club manager Timothy John Piegari disconnecting the video equipment, according to Phoenix police.

Draper, 26, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder. He didn’t have a lawyer at his initial court appearance Tuesday, where his bond was set at $250,000.

Piegari, 42, was arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence. He was released on his own recognizance and doesn’t yet have an attorney.

A motive for the assault remains unclear.

Court documents said surveillance video showed Draper pushing Jones to the ground before he climbed on top of him and struck him in the head numerous times.

Jones had a brace on one arm and was “restricted in his ability to defend himself due to a pre-existing injury,” said Sgt. Jonathan Howard, a Phoenix police spokesman.

Jones, 37, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

An autopsy by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office showed Jones was murdered. The report said he suffered a brain hemorrhage and died from multiple blunt-force trauma.

Daisy Mountain Fire Department officials said Jones was a 12-year veteran and leaves behind a wife and daughter.

The department is located north of Phoenix in the Carefree Highway area.

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