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    Bouncer at Heart WeHo Arrested in Brutal Beating of Celebrity Hairdresser in West Hollywood

    An arrest has been made in the brutal beating of celebrity hairdresser Albert Vasquez. According to a statement by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, a security guard at Heart WeHo was identified, arrested, and charged with battery causing great bodily harm.

    The statement by LASD reads as follows:

    On Friday, April 05, 2024, at approximately 10:40PM, the victim attempted to enter a nightclub in West Hollywood. The suspect, who was working as a security guard, did not allow the victim entry due to the victim not having proper identification. Both the suspect and the victim engaged in a verbal and physical altercation, in which the suspect punched the victim once in the face. The victim fell to the ground and was transported to a nearby hospital.

    The suspect was identified and arrested for battery causing great bodily injury.
    Anyone with questions or information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood Station Detective Lombera at (310).
    358-4028.

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    Mr. Vasquez’s sister, Gloria Jimenez, tells WEHO TIMES that a detective at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station reached out to the family earlier today, and she can confirm that the beating happened in front of Heart WeHo. She also said one of their bouncers was arrested. The family will be allowed to view the surveillance footage to see exactly what happened on Friday night, April 5, 2024, when Mr. Vasquez was found in a pool of his blood with two head fractures, bruises to his lungs, a black eye, and scrapes and bruising to his arms and legs.

    “They reached out to me and said an arrest has been made,” said Ms. Jimenez. “We kept saying it was Heart WeHo and it happened at Heart WeHo and it was one of their bouncers. We want to see the footage, and we’ll be able to see it because we are family, so we can determine exactly where to go from there. We’re glad an arrest was made, and we’re going to take the next step necessary. We don’t know what that step is. He’s still recovering. We don’t know how long his recovery will take. We don’t know.”

    Family, friends, and supporters of Albert Vasquez were relentless in getting the story out to the media, and they pressured the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station to step up the investigation. They also demanded that Heart WeHo release video footage from that night.

    Heart WeHo complied and released the following statement:

    “Heart WeHo remains deeply committed to the safety and well-being of our community. We are aware of the incident that occurred on April 5th and have been actively collaborating with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department to assist in their investigation since the beginning. We have provided the authorities with unrestricted access to our security footage,” reads the statement by Heart WeHo. “We urge anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident to come forward and assist the West Hollywood Department in their efforts to ensure the safety and security of our neighborhood.”

    According to authorities, Heart WeHo was asked not to release the footage to family until authorities were able to investigate the footage first.

    Ms. Jimenez points out that Heart WeHo turned over surveillance footage to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station on Monday, ten days after the incident occurred.

    Doctors discovered a second skull fracture on the other side of Mr. Vasquez’s head ten days after he landed in the hospital, according to his family. They also discovered that his lungs had bruising after the fact, which went unnoticed throughout his stay at the hospital.

    However, despite his newly discovered injuries, Albert seems to be on the mend. He was in a coma for one day when he was brought to the hospital but is currently awake and seems to be aware of his surroundings. He starts therapy this week and is expected to be in the hospital for another week and a half. He has not spoken about what happened to him that Friday night, mainly because he’s heavily medicated, and nurses feel it’s too soon to pressure him to relive the trauma.

    Ms. Jimenez thanks the community for their support and for being relentless in holding investigators accountable and demanding they get answers. She’s also grateful for the public’s generosity to help cover medical expenses.

    The link to gofundme campaign is below:

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/58sc3t-albert-needs-our-help?qid=a3251f085a93501899de6c4ca52593bd

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    Paulo Murillo
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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Kiss it
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    1 month ago

    I wish for him to have a speedy recovery!

    SMVEE
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    1 month ago

    Can’t imagine the bouncer starting the physical part of the alternation….I mean why would he? Sounds like the guy was pissed he couldn’t get in and started it. Glad there’s footage to see who started it.

    Kiss it
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    Reply to  SMVEE
    1 month ago

    That’s true! There’s two sides of the story and the truth you have an alley hairdresser that is not allowed in the club for who knows why you may have been drunk and high already and whipping his hair all over the Dorman’s face like willow Smith …on a tangent of drugs! We need to see Camera footages and we need the bouncers name. Why are they hiding names? We need to know the names.

    Kevin
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    Reply to  Kiss it
    1 month ago

    Wow interesting take I guess. Keep in mind, the bouncer was arrested based on the security video. Do the math.

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    Reply to  Kevin
    1 month ago

    Do the math? The Nelly hair dresser may have gotten up into his face, so let’s review the security footage first before me to be told to do any math. The next thing you read is the hairdresser may be getting arrested has that!

    Skoodisgood
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    Reply to  Kiss it
    16 days ago

    He wasn’t just knocked out he was beaten and stomped so the footage will help with sentencing but it’s pretty obvious what happened.

    BrianH
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    Reply to  SMVEE
    1 month ago

    You “can’t imagine” yet your scenario is based on pure supposition. Vasquez was beaten so severely; well beyond one blow to the face. Part of the story is missing. Furthermore, if the bouncer-perpetrator can’t recognize a patron in his 50s is obviously well over legal age of 21 to enter, he should get a job elsewhere.

    Last edited 1 month ago by BrianH
    Kevin
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    Reply to  SMVEE
    1 month ago

    Exactly and when Heart Weho released the security video to the Sheriff, an arrest was made.

    Peter Buckley
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    1 month ago

    I don’t think anyone who lives near Heart appreciated the city’s license hours extension and many hope this place goes away.

    Kiss it
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    Reply to  Peter Buckley
    1 month ago

    I live behind Pavillions and I WANT the extended hours and so do my neighbors. We all have rallied for extended hours at the bars we moved to party town to party and have a good time not stay at home and read a book.

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    1 month ago

    Throw the book at this pig. I’ll never set foot in Heart again. Good riddance it’s for sale. That this idiot doesn’t recognize who pays his check, let me be very clear, we do. I highly doubt this is an isolated incident as I’ve heard about the roughness of Heart’s staff in the past.

    Jerome Cleary
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    1 month ago

    Omg

    Kevin
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    1 month ago

    If it is determined that this was at Heart Weho and it was an employee who did it, the liability to the club will most likely put it out of business.

    SMH
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    1 month ago

    This could be the end of Heart WeHo.

    Olen
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    1 month ago

    One punch? NOPE! Clearly NOT what happened.

    Jimmy palmieri
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    1 month ago

    Wow this is horrific. Bouncers should have a mental health evaluation before being hired.

    John Cleese
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    1 month ago

    For years the city of West Hollywood has opposed the installation of law enforcement security cameras. At one point public feeds of cameras were available on the internet, but were removed. Why?

    I’m glad Heart’s recording of the incident wasn’t “lost”. Also glad there wasn’t an equipment “malfunction”.

    Maybe this incident will change which way the wind is blowing enough for the city council members to vote for such a camera system.

    Sam
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    Reply to  John Cleese
    1 month ago

    Not fully accurate. Not all C Council members were opposed to cameras, one constantly shut it down after recommendations from Commissions.

    Kiss it
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    Reply to  Sam
    1 month ago

    Who oppose the cameras we need them for a safety can you name who it was so we can ask them? Why or are you just running your mouth?

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