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Riverrock performer continues tour despite head injury from assault


On Monday, Richmond Police released a photo of the Henrico man accused of assaulting a singer at this weekend's Riverrock Festival.

Charges against 19-year-old William Lewis include malicious wounding.

Police say Lewis was drunk when he threw a bottle and hit Reggae lead singer, Frederick "Toots" Hibbert with the band Toots & The Maytals, as he performed on stage. "Toots" was sent to the hospital.

Now police say they're looking for even more video of the incident.

The injured singer reached out to fans on Facebook, thanking them for all of their support.

It's a sign things are going to be alright. "Toots" performed in New York even with seven stitches in his head.

Now, video of what happened is circulating the web and police want to know if there is any other video out there.

"This is such an isolated incident, it's just a shame," said Venture Richmond deputy director Leslie Sims.

Investigators say Lewis threw the bottle. Venture Richmond tells us police found two IDs on Lewis. One was his, the other belongs to a person who looks like Lewis but can legally drink.  Venture Richmond says they hire professionals to check ID's and do not serve underage drinkers.

"We look at what people are bringing in," said Sims. "Obviously, we've been meeting with our private security and RPD."

While "Toots" recovers and Lewis waits for his next court date, Richmond fans are apologizing.

On the band's Facebook page, one person wrote: "On behalf of RVA, I'm truly sorry, don't let that one low-life bottom feeder give you a bad impression about us Richmond folk!  RVA loves you."

Lewis' next court date is set for June.

If you have any video or saw the suspect during the incident, Richmond Police want to hear from you. Call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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