A robbery suspect was arrested in West Hollywood during WeHo Pride weekend on Saturday, June 3, 2023, on Santa Monica Boulevard. West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station Captain William Moulder tells WEHO TIMES the suspect is the same individual who assaulted a protestor at Drag Queen Reading hour outside the West Hollywood library in April, 2023.
Captain Moulder says they identified the person and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On Saturday of Pride weekend the person in question was recognized by deputies and taken into custody with minimal disruption to Pride activities.
Videos have been circulating on social media also show a woman getting arrested, but the videos don’t tell the full story.
The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station released a statement following the arrest:
“On Wednesday, [April 15, 2023], a robbery occurred at the West Hollywood library. The suspect stole the victim’s cell phone. West Hollywood Station Detectives later identified the suspect as Hunter Lee Darling. On May 31, 2023, an arrest warrant for Suspect Darling was issued by a judge.
On Saturday, June 3, 2023, deputies saw Suspect Darling during a ‘Pride Weekend’ event. West Hollywood deputies arrested Suspect Darling and booked him at West Hollywood Station for robbery, vandalism, and battery. During Suspect Darling’s arrest, Abby Nicole Thomas, a friend of Suspect Darling’s, intervened and prevented the deputies from safely completing the arrest. Abby was arrested and booked for interfering and obstructing an arrest.
West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station polices the City of West Hollywood and the unincorporated communities of Franklin Canyon, Universal City (which includes Universal Theme Park, Studios, and Citywalk), and the Federal Enclave in West Los Angeles.”
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Inmate Information Center, Darling has a bail of $100K and a court date of June 6, 2023.
Editor’s note: This article was updated to reflect update the date on the statement which states the incident occurred on April 19, 2023, but Drag Queen Story Hour happened on April 15, 2023.