During a crime report for the West Hollywood Public Safety Commission, Sergeant Jason Duron of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station stated earlier this week that there were few incident reported during WeHo Pride weekend at the street fair, the parade, and the Outloud music festival. He counted four total incidents and he said most of them were just disturbances of some type. However, one of those incidents was petty thievery when a go-go dancer had a handful of cash stolen from his skimpy bikini trunks while he was dancing at Beaches WeHo on Sunday, June 4, after the WeHo Pride parade.
It was a shocking scene watching go-go dancer Chris chase a woman onto Santa Monica Boulevard and tackle her to the ground while the woman kicked and swung at him in attempt to free herself and flee.
Instead of helping the woman, confused spectators immediately pulled out their phones to capture the encounter.
The WeHo Pride street fair was crawling with Sheriff Deputies, so three officers were immediately on the scene.
According to Chris, the woman grabbed a handful of bills from his trunks while he was dancing and she stuffed them in her underwear before trying to make an escape. Chris ran after her and managed to tackle her to the ground. The woman appeared to be be very intoxicated. She made faces at Chris and pointed at her cheek, taunting him to punch her in the face.
Sheriff Deputies needed a female officer to search the woman and retrieve the money from her underwear. The woman denied she had stolen the money, but eventually she pulled out one dollar from her pants, saying that’s all she had.
Chris said there was much more money in there and that he would not have tackled her for one dollar bill.
As they waited for a female officer, Chris decided to let the whole thing go, saying it was a petty theft case and that nothing was going to come out of it.
Regarding his hard earned tips that weekend, he just shrugged his shoulders and shook his head.
A sheriff deputy escorted the woman a few feet away from Beaches WeHo and he let her go. The woman disappeared into the crowd to most likely rob someone else.
The incident took place a day after two were arrested at the WeHo Pride Street Fair on Saturday, June 3rd. A trans person who uses the name Xodiac Rose and their friend Abby Nicole Miller, were both apprehended. Rose had a warrant for their arrest and Miller was arrested for trying to intervene in the arrest. Videos of both arrests went viral on social media, sparking outrage and raising questions about the legitimacy of their arrests and whether the use of force was necessary at a WeHo Pride event that’s supposed to be a safe space for LGBTQ+ people.
Protestors demonstrated at the parade on Sunday but none were arrested.