WeHo to Offer Award for Info Leading to Arrest of Kirk Doffing’s Attackers

Part of a poster posted by friends of Kirk Doffing on Santa Monica Boulevard during Gay Pride weekend
Part of a poster posted by friends of Kirk Doffing on Santa Monica Boulevard during Gay Pride weekend

The City of West Hollywood will offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of the assailants of Kirk Doffing on Memorial Day weekend.

City Manager Paul Arevalo told the Council last night that he will consult with Gary Honings, commander of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, and set an award. While Arevalo did state the amount of the award last night, in the past the city has offered an award of up to $25,000 in a similar incident.

Kirk Doffing
Kirk Doffing

Arevalo was encouraged to offer the award by Councilmember John D’Amico after several people spoke before the Council to complain that not enough is being done to find the what a witness has described as a group of four Hispanic men, one of whom actually assaulted Doffing.

The attack took place around 9 p.m. on May 24 near the intersection of Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards. Various sources have told WEHOville that the attackers were inside Rage bar and had an argument with Doffing. The dispute continued outside and Doffing was knocked down in the alley behind the bar, hitting his head on the pavement.

Doffing, 45, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was put into a medically induced coma. Dr. Joel Aronowitz, a plastic surgeon who is Doffing’s boss, told the Council that Doffing  was transferred yesterday to Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles. Aronowitz said he did not believe that Doffing would recover.

Capt. Gary Honings, who heads the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, last night responded to criticism that the Sheriff’s Department hasn’t done enough to solve the case. He said work began on it the very next day, with Detective Michael Berbiar interviewing someone who claimed to have seen the attackers, one of whom was described as wearing a trench coat and having a moustache. Honings said his staff has done a sketch of suspect, based on information provided by the witness. Sheriff’s Lt. David Smith told WEHOville the sketch needs more work but when it is complete it will be made public. Honings said Berbiar also has reviewed videos from businesses in the area where the men might have been. But he said the investigation has been difficult because of the lack of witnesses and other information. Honings said detectives have posted fliers seeking witnesses. Friends of Doffing posted the most obvious of them during Sunday’s Gay Pride Parade along Santa Monica Boulevard.

“Our reality is we have had to work on really zero information,” Honings said.

Robert Burke, chair of the city’s Public Safety Commission, asked the Council to consider taking steps to improve safety in the Boystown gay nightlife neighborhood, which is where Doffing was assaulted. Burke said the city should consider better lighting, installing security cameras and increase its Block by Block bicycle security patrols.

The assault of Doffing on Sunday was one of two and possibly three incidents in the area that holiday weekend, where residents have complained about others in the past few months.

Honings asked that anyone with information about the assailants contact the Sheriff’s Station’s watch commander and Detective Berbiar at (310) 855-8850.

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dcweeks
dcweeks
6 years ago

minor correction – Gary Honings is Captain of the WeHo Sheriff’s station. he reports to a “commander” overseeing several stations.

Jerry Garcia's Mom
Jerry Garcia's Mom
6 years ago

It makes little to no sense that the Sheriff department does not have foot patrol in a city that prides itself on being “walkable.” Out of the patrol cars and on to the streets! Please!! Too many bad things are happening to not do something proactive in effort to avoid another situation like this . To Kirk’s family and friends , as a long time WeHo Resident, I am so sorry this happened to Kirk.

Guy Privaton (@guyprivaton)

ive counted 3 commissioners who have spoken out on this and helped friends & family get the word out
two were handing out flyers with them during Pride
THESE are the kind of commissioners this city needs!

Jay
Jay
6 years ago

It would be great if the city would put their own video cameras that monitor major intersections and the night life areas. I know that law enforcement in other cities have cameras that read license plates that can help solve crimes, Weho should be implementing them!

Randy
Randy
6 years ago

Alison, Kirk is my friend. His friends and family are reading this. Please show less sarcasm and more sensitiviy. Some changes *do* need to be made.

Alison
Alison
6 years ago

Yes, light that area up like the Vegas strip, videotape everything, have security on bikes everywhere and to top it off, assign a Sheriff’s Deputy to personally walk each patron to their car or home…. /sarcasm

jimmypalmieri
6 years ago

Put this reward at 50K and someone will come foreward. 25k in this town is NOT ENOUGH! Of course no amount of money is ever worth a person being harmed but it helps to get witnesses to come foreward. It should be offered if the perp isn’t caught in the first week, as we all know it becomes substantially harder to solve these cases as time passes.

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