The City of West Hollywood is offering a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects in the attack on Kirk Doffing in the Boystown nightlife area on Memorial Day weekend
At around 9 p.m. on May 24 Doffing was assaulted while walking on San Vicente Boulevard near an alley just north of Santa Monica Boulevard. Various sources have told WEHOville that the attackers were inside Rage bar and had an argument with Doffing there. The dispute continued outside, and Doffing was knocked down in the alley behind the bar, hitting his head on the pavement. Doffing 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, has said that Doffing has been was to Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles.
“The City of West Hollywood is committed to seeing justice served for Mr. Doffing and his family,” said West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath. “It is our hope that this reward will help witnesses of this tragic incident to come forward and provide LASD with the information they need to solve this case.”
While the Sheriff’s Station was working with a purported witness to the assailants on a sketch, that apparently has not materialized because the the witnesses’ description hasn’t been deemed entirely reliable.
The Doffing assault is one of several in the Boystown area that has caused residents to demand changes in the way the nightlife area is patrolled.
According to information from West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station detectives, the suspects are four Hispanic men in their 20s who were wearing black or dark clothing. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Michael Berbiar at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at (310) 855-8850. If a member of the public prefers to provide information anonymously, please contact “Crime Stoppers” — call toll-free (800) 222-TIPS (8477); text the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637); or visit the website www.lacrimestoppers.org.
I’ve seen at least 3 of the fliers asking for info about this incident torn off of lamp posts while walking down SM Blvd. So disgusting that guys would tear down something like that.
The medical expenses for Kirk are going to be staggering. Please click on the link for his GoFundMe page, as any and all help towards getting him back to health is greatly appreciated: http://www.gofundme.com/w7wpx8z?fb_action_ids=10154010686202516&fb_action_types=og.shares&fb_ref=16_fb_px&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B893707077353740%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.shares%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%2216_fb_px%22%5D
Sorry for your awful experience. Not sure it is the same as this one though, which has not been labeled a hate crime (indeed has been characterized as not being one), and as I understand it came from perpetrators being in Rage and the a fight or some robbery attempt outside. It’s important that we know the facts before making assumptions. You’re right in spreading the word about your experience.
Three days before Kirk was attacked, I was nearly attacked a block away, on Larrabee near Santa Monica Blvd. A white car with four wholes in it made homophobic comments toward me, which I ignored until the rear door opened and a black guy jumps out and starts chasing me. There were three other wholes in the car, but I could only make out their silhouettes and do not know what they looked like. I ran up Larrabee toward Cynthia and, fortunately, got away. Then, a few days later I saw the flyers about Kirk around the neighborhood and I… Read more »
Jeffrey – please share your information about other attacks (similar to this – people injured in robbery attempts in public settings) since then. That’s important to know if true.
The City should sponsor some self-defense classes in that area also.
They should have done this a month ago! There has been several attacks since!