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Deputy Says Reported Attacks on Gay Men Appear Unrelated

West Hollywood deputy calls three reported attacks on gay men within a five-day period 'isolated incidents.' An investigation is under way by the Sheriff's Station.

A deputy from the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station says the string of violent attacks on gay men that took place during Oct. 18-22 were unrelated.

"They are just isolated incidents of alleged victims that were gay, not gay bashing in West Hollywood," Sgt. Brian Lutz of the told Patch on Wedesday. "But it is an ongoing investigation," Lutz added.

Gayborhood blog WeHo Confidential reported the first incident occurred Oct. 18, when a clubgoer, Billy Mandrick, was "brutally attacked and robbed" near Santa Monica and Robertson boulevards. The attacker reportedly approached the victim, yelled homophobic slurs, punched him in the face, grabbed his cellphone and wallet, and vanished.

Another incident reportedly took place at about 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 19. Kasey Mahaffy told WeHo Confidential that he was on his way to his local grocery store at Fountain and Laurel avenues when four "Abercrombie-clad frat boys" jumped out of a blue Nissan and attacked him. Mahaffy said he sustained 13 punches.

The latest attack reportedly occurred on Saturday. employee Kyan Loredo told WeHo Confidential he was walking on Fairfax Avenue between Fountain and Sunset Boulevard at about 7 p.m. when he heard a voice behind him say, “Don’t turn around.” Laredo said the assailant then bashed him over the head with the barrel of a gun, stole his cash and ran.

Lutz insisted the string of incidents did not indicate a trend. "They are not related to each other," he told Patch. "It is just something that happened within the week."

Lutz went on to say: "We still, as we always have with this community, do our due diligence to make sure everyone is safe, regardless of whether they are gay or just a citizen walking down the road." He noted that hate crimes this year were down 22 percent from last year.

The West Hollywood Station's investigation is still under way. West Hollywood Patch will stay on top of the story.

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Will Pearson October 27, 2011 at 05:46 AM
How about reassuring us about crime in general instead of trying to focus on gay bashing? Shouldn't mister Lutz be concerned about the violence in general and trying to make West Hollywood safer? It sure seems like crime here has been on the rise!
Todd Bianco October 27, 2011 at 02:18 PM
Hum... Sgt. Lutz says that "They are just isolated incidents of alleged victims that were gay, not gay bashing in West Hollywood..." Gee, Sgt. Lutz, the first two sound suspiciously like gay bashing to me. You know, when the victim is pelted with fists and homophobic slurs, that's a clue. Yes, Mr. Mandrick was robbed; but you can't help think that the location and unnecessary physical violence coupled with anti-gay rhetoric might have something to do with it. And with Mr. Mahaffy, a gay man being beaten up by a group of frat boys in a perceived-gay neighborhood just may have something to do with animus towards a group of people, no? The violent robbery perpetrated against Mr. Loredo may have just been a random incident. Then again, given the location, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Mr. Loredo was targeted because of his perceived sexual orientation. Criminals often target people who they think will be an easy target. While these three violent crimes may have coincidentally occurred in one week, it would be prudent for Sgt. Lutz to say that the Sheriffs are stepping up patrols to make sure this isn't a sign of escalating crime and violence (possibly with an anti-gay element) in or near West Hollywood.
MarkD October 27, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Sorry, I'm not convinced this is gay bashing. Two of the three incidents sound more like crimes of opportunity. The third, well, how did they guy know they were "frat boys"? Can you tell a "frat boy" just by looking? Honestly, gay guys are more likely to be wearing "Abercrombie" than frat boys are. The issue isn't that Weho is gay, it's less gay now than it ever has been. Gay businesses have been closing down right and left while generic box businesses move in. The only real "gay" part of the city is about a block and a half of tired old bars that no amount of facelifts can make interesting. (Oh yeah, and The Abbey, which is owned by straights and staffed by straights pretending to be gay.) The issue is that Weho is more affluent than ever before. You want to jack some expensive toys and grab a wallet full of cash, then hit the guy coming out of a bar that charges $15 for a martini. It's not about the gay, it's about the likelihood of having something worth stealing. Don't jump to conclusions just because it makes a good story about how we gays are victims (again). That's not journalism, that's being an alarmist.
Danielle Jacoby October 27, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Mayor John Duran issued the following statement on the city's website Thursday: "West Hollywood is not immune from the same criminality that exists across Los Angeles. Our Sheriffs Department and City Hall take violent crimes very seriously. We investigate, arrest and prosecute these criminals. Muggers want your wallets. Gay bashers want you dead. Some criminals want both. NEVER walk home alone drunk after a night of clubbing. Be aware and alert of your surroundings. Crime is actually down in West Hollywood. But we should never let our guard down - 365 days a year."
Wendy November 01, 2011 at 04:43 PM
They should allow personal possession of firearms or concealed carry. That would stop any gay bashing. I am not convinced that these victims are telling all the story. They might have been in some other fight with somebody they know and blamed their bruises on Gay Bashers. Sort of like a drunk who forgets where he parked his car so he reports it stolen.
MarkD November 02, 2011 at 04:28 AM
Wow Wendy, astounding how many unfounded and ridiculous conclusions you can jump to in a matter of just three sentences. Two thumbs up!
Wendy November 02, 2011 at 04:54 AM
I do not believe everything I hear. A lot of people want to believe there is gay bashing going on as if this was 1970 so they are suckers for anyone who tells a story. The fact that one of these guys works at Mickys and another was leaving the Motherlode is kind of a clue to this might be all horsedunk. They probably got followed home by some freak cruiser they met in a bar during the course of their normal activity. Many people who report hate crimes are FOS and looking for attention. Many paint their own swastikas and then claim victim status. Some black college professors have been caught making hangman nooses on college grounds. If you want to believe that there are gay bashers more power to you. It's a free country. I need more evidence. Frat Boys lol. I give this story a 25 percent at best in being told in factual truth. I project a lot more of these gay bashing tall tales will emerge now that they have made the news. This may have happened but just as much might be baloney.
MarkD November 02, 2011 at 05:14 AM
If you bothered to read anything but your own tirades, Wendy, you'd have seen that I said much the same thing. Of course, I did so in a much more rational way, without leaping to outlandish conclusions and swiping just about every gender and ethnic group with outlandish slurs. You should try the calm, rational, respectful approach sometime. You might find people actually agreeing with you.
Wendy November 02, 2011 at 04:45 PM
I wish I was as smart at you Mark D lol. Don't bother me or try to control my post. Worry about yourself, No time for control freaks here. I do not tell you how to word your post. When you say that you are more rational than I am without asking that tends to make me think that you are a big loser.
MarkD November 03, 2011 at 05:03 AM
Oh don't worry Wendy. Your posts speak loudly and clearly for themselves. You must be so proud.
Wendy November 08, 2011 at 04:16 AM
Mark D is a such a loser. Tells me how to post and what to say and then gives himself as an example of a perfect post. Would I be right if I guessed you were a smoker.

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