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    Family Continues to Call for Justice for Man Brutally Beaten in West Hollywood

    Friends, family, and supporters of Albert Vasquez, a celebrity hairdresser found brutally beaten in West Hollywood’s Rainbow District on Friday, April 5, 2024, continue to demand answers and call for justice as they try to piece together what happened on that fateful Friday night. Albert was discovered unconscious on the ground with severe head trauma, a black eye, and scrapes and scratches to his arms and legs.

    The family questions why it taking so long for West Hollywood Sheriff’s station to retrieve video footage from local businesses. They also don’t understand why the Sheriff’s Station suggested to media outlets that Albert could have possibly fallen and gotten injured without investigating or knowing any details about his injuries.

    Questions have also arisen regarding Heart WeHo, the last nightclub where Albert was allegedly seen on the night of the attack, reportedly after leaving Gym Bar according to witnesses. In efforts to solve the mystery surrounding the attack, supporters have taken to social media to demand that Heart WeHo, partly owned by celebrity entrepreneur Lance Bass of the boyband NSYNC, deliver unedited footage to detectives at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.

    The calls for video footage and threats to have a protest outside of Heart WeHo prompted Heart to issue a statement.

    “Heart WeHo remains deeply committed to the safety and wellbeing 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.”

    The victim’s sister, Gloria Jimenez, tells WEHO TIMES that Heart WeHo turned over surveillance footage to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station on Monday, ten days after the incident occurred.

    “I was hoping people would speak up or that somebody has video or something,” she said. “Everybody’s always videotaping, and we haven’t gotten anything at all. We’re really just relying on the police to expose that footage but there are all these rules and regulations where you cannot get it yourself. You have to wait for police to collect it and we were after the police to do something and they just got the footage yesterday [Monday].”

    Regarding updates on Albert’s injuries, Ms. Jimenez says that doctors discovered a second skull fracture on the other side of his head. He also has bruised lungs, which went unnoticed throughout his stay at the hospital. These injuries are in addition to a black eye and scratches on his legs and arms, and it appears he was kicked in the neck.

    However, despite his newly discovered injuries, Albert seems to be on the mend, she said. 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.

    Albert’s story has garnered national and global attention. His attack was published in the Daily Mail, and there is a campaign of supporters asking for justice for Albert, who is widely known in the West Hollywood community.

    Ms. Jimenez alleges that they have received several tips alleging Albert was last seen at Gym Bar when he was there with friends and then he headed to Heart WeHo, which is the last time they saw him. She said in addition to the footage at Heart WeHo, she is also going to seek footage from Gym Bar to determine what time he left and in which direction he headed.

    There were also some witnesses stating that he was heavily intoxicated and that he had a confrontation with one of the securities at Heart WeHo, but that has not been confirmed. The surveillance video will answer that question.

    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.

    Anyone with information is asked to reach out to West Hollywood Deputy Franklin at (310) 855-8850.

    The link to gofundme campaign is below:

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

    If you see something, say something. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. If you see something, say something. Anyone with information can also drop a tip at https://www.lacrimestoppers.org.

    Your identity is always encrypted and anonymous. No personal information, phone number, e-mail, IP address or location is ever requested, saved, traced, tracked or monitored. Period.

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    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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    Jackie Geisinger
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    1 month ago

    This sounds so familiar. Same bar #kirkstrong was in before being assaulted and same progress after. 9 years later – no solving to the crime.
    https://beverlypress.com/2015/06/reward-offered-in-assault-that-left-weho-resident-in-coma/. Prayers to the family and Albert for complete healing.

    Weho Civilian
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    1 month ago

    theres a statement from this article:
    “Investigators said they asked the nightclub not to release their footage publicly so they don’t jeopardize the investigation.”

    https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/family-demands-answers-after-man-seriously-injured-in-west-hollywood/3390103/?_osource=SocialFlowFB_LABrand#lv44und4ghpmnu4th5l

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    1 month ago

    It doesn’t take ten days to turn over video to the sheriff especially since Heart is right across the street. Either this is not a priority to the police or Heart was stalling.

    Wehoconnection
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    1 month ago

    Investigators said they asked the nightclub not to release their footage publicly so they don’t jeopardize the investigation.

    read article: https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/family-demands-answers-after-man-seriously-injured-in-west-hollywood/3390103/?_osource=SocialFlowFB_LABrand#lv44und4ghpmnu4th5l

    Veto
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    Reply to  Wehoconnection
    1 month ago

    It seems to me based on this article that the family understands that they can’t release the footage to the public, but they don’t understand why it took so long to turn it over to authorities. And the West Hollywood Sheriff’s were quick to suggest he may have fallen.

    Cy Husain
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    1 month ago

    Reminds me of the time when I was a kid and Blacks, Mexicans and, Native Americans were routinely found severely beaten to the point of requiring emergency care in the ICU. I would ask the Sheriff what happened and he would reply in a highly threatening tone “they fell down and, you best be accepting that ‘boy’ less you be falling down a whole lot harder❗”

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