Suspect remains at large in brutal WeHo assault

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A suspect is currently evading law enforcement after viciously attacking a man in West Hollywood, which resulted in his hospitalization.

This violent event transpired on March 17 as David Velasquez was returning home on his scooter after picking up medicine for a cold.

The assault near the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Hancock Avenue caused Velasquez to suffer severe bleeding and head injuries.

The perpetrator is said to have used a homophobic epithet against Velasquez.

Recounting the violence, Velasquez stated, “He dominated me, forcefully driving my head down to the concrete while screaming hate-filled words.”

Velasquez criticized bystanders’ inaction during his attack, emphasizing the crucial intervention by a passerby motorist.

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Following the assault, Velasquez and another victim decided to take legal action, advocating for enhanced police patrols and legislative initiatives to combat the crime wave.

While Velasquez was lucky to avoid fatal injuries, he is anxious about the potential harm to future victims and eagerly awaits the assailant’s apprehension.

He provided a description of the assailant as a tall, sophisticatedly dressed, and intoxicated Caucasian man in his thirties.

As the inquiry proceeds, authorities are calling for public assistance to locate the perpetrator and gather more evidence.

Anyone with information on the incident can call the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at 310- 855-8850.

Anonymous tips can be provided to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at lacrimestoppers.org.

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TomSmart
TomSmart
29 days ago

It makes me wonder if any part of the story was left out. Were words exchanged back and forth or did this guy just do it out of the blue?

McGuire
McGuire
1 month ago

There needs to be laws against being a bystander and allowing crime to happen without any kind of intervention for help. People who are found to be bystanders who did absolutely nothing to stop crimes should be considered aiding and abetting, and accomplices in the crime, and concurrently prosecuted for their inaction and maybe that will shock them out of their passive, typical Los Angeles indifference that allows other people to be severely harmed. This happened with the EP/LP murder on La Cienega, and numerous times. There needs to be a new rule: neutrality or bystanding and doing nothing should… Read more »

SeeMe
SeeMe
1 month ago
Reply to  McGuire

I don’t disagree with your outrage regarding the perceived indifference of the bystanders. Unfortunately, though, charging them (except in very extreme cases) would be a lost cause. People respond to violence primitively – fight, flight, freeze – and their responses can seem confusing to others without knowing the whole story. That’s all anyone would need for a successful defense, sadly. This particular situation is a powerful reminder of the desperate need for cameras throughout this city. As usual, it seems that plan is doing its requisite dance with red tape, despite overwhelming public support for it.

Truly...
Truly...
1 month ago
Reply to  McGuire

Seinfeld was way ahead of its time. Check out the last episode when something like this (indifference to the plight of others) was the main story line, winding those four in jail.

Davedi
Davedi
1 month ago
Reply to  McGuire

And you will see less and less people willing to help when brave men like Daniel Perry, who subdued a violent whack job on the NYC subway was charged with his murder while trying to hold him down. We have pro criminal DAs in all the big democratic cities and the law abiding are no longer viewed as victims…the criminals are.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
1 month ago

I notice that the race of the suspect, a Caucasian, is mentioned, which usually doesn’t happen.

McGuire
McGuire
1 month ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

It is absurd that they don’t mention the race of a perpetrator in a description. That may be politically correct, but it is enormously unhelpful in trying to actually identify someone. If you’re trying to identify a perpetrator, you need as many description elements as possible, Including race, hair color, hairstyle or length, accessories like glasses, clothing, tattoos, or any identifying marks that can help law-enforcement identify and prosecute a violent perpetrator. Enough with the politically correct crap about excluding race. It is not racist to simply describe the objective characteristics of a perpetrator. Stop the insanity.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
1 month ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

Maybe that description helps dispel unhelpful stereotypes and aids in potential identification of a suspect.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Absolutely! That’s the point!

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