Kirk Doffing is out of a coma. Doffing, whose attack on Memorial Day weekend in West Hollywood has sparked concerns about public safety in the city, emerged from a medically induced coma at the end of last week according to sources who asked not to be identified for fear of upsetting Doffing’s family.
At around 9 p.m. on May 24 Doffing, a resident of West Hollywood, 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 later was carried to Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles. Aronwitz, in a statement to the city’s Public Safety Commission, suggested that Doffing might not recover from the attack.
Doffing now is awake and able to move his hands and legs. However he is not able to talk. He has been able to acknowledge family members who have visited him.
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 Doffing.
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.