A man apparently was beaten in the early hours of Monday morning in another in a series of attacks on those working in or patronizing West Hollywood’s Boystown nightlife district.
WEHOville was alerted to the attack by readers who know one of the victims, Jose Segovia, known as Joe Sego. Sego is a young Latino who works as a model and performs as a go go dancer at bars such as Revolver along Santa Monica Boulevard. He was allegedly attacked while out with a friend named Alex Barragan. Sgt. Richard Bowman at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station said Segovia called to report the attack several days after it happened, saying he was too embarrassed to call on the night that it occurred.
Bowman said Segovia reported that a black man approached him on Santa Monica Boulevard near Rage, the gay bar, got in an argument with him and then punched him in the back of the head and in the eye. Segovia said as many as ten other black men then also attacked him before running away west on Santa Monica Boulevard.
In a posting on Facebook, Dak Eubanks, a friend of Segovia’s, offered an account of the attack. “Joe and Alex Barragan were out having a good time in West Hollywood (Weho), a well known gay area of Los Angeles,” Eubanks wrote. “They were both jumped, called names such as fags, faggots, wet backs, and ‘go back to your country.’ Alex said about ten people were jumping them, and nobody did anything to help.”
While the racial and sexual orientation slurs were mentioned in Eubanks’ posting on Facebook, they were not mentioned by Segovia when he told the Sheriff’s Station about the attack.
Another recent incident was an attack on Benjamin Castro, a DJ who had been working at Micky’s, the gay bar at 8857 Santa Monica Blvd. at Larrabee, around 2:50 a.m. on June 22. The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station said that someone has been arrested in that attack but has refused to name the assailant. According to WEHOville sources, in this case the attacker was another gay man who accused Castro of flirting with his boyfriend.
The most controversial attack, however, was an assault on Kirk Doffing, a West Hollywood resident, near Rage, the gay bar on Santa Monica Boulevard at San Vicente, on Memorial Day weekend. That assault left Doffing with a fractured skull, and he was in a medically induced coma for several weeks. The Doffing attack inspired nearly 50 of his friends and co-workers to attend a city Public Safety Commission meeting and a City Council meeting to demand the city take action. As a result, the city is offering a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Doffing’s attacker. Yesterday the Sheriff’s Station released an image of the alleged attacker, which appeared on the Facebook pages of two City Council members. WEHOville requested a copy of the poster on June 15 but only learned of it after those Facebook postings yesterday and then was able to secure a copy from the city’s Public Safety Director, which it has published.
Other attacks have included the robbery in December of two employees of Micky’s, one of whom was stabbed, on Palm Avenue in December on their way home from work around 1 a.m. There have been various other assaults, with some of the victims claiming a late response by the Sheriff’s Station to their calls for help and an attitude of indifference on the part of Sheriff’s deputies. Sgt. Bowman, however, said he is puzzled why those who might have witnessed an attack like that claimed by Segovia don’t contact the Sheriff’s Station, which is across the street. “I’d like to think that if something happened like that on Santa Monica Boulevard across from the station somebody would have called, Rage would have called,” he said.
Several other bar-goers who claim to have been assaulted have contacted WEHOville but refused to let WEHOville disclose their names, so it is impossible to verify their claims.
A report on crime during June in West Hollywood shows a decline in reported assaults overall in the city compared to June 2014. According to the report there were 15 this year and 21 in June of last year. Nine of the 15 occurred on the city’s Westside, a decline from 13 in that area last year. Three occurred on the Eastside, down from four last year. And three occurred in the central part of West Hollywood, also down from four in June 2014.
The most common serious crimes were petty theft, with 48 incidents this June compared to 47 a year ago, and vehicle burglary, with 27 incidents compared to 26 a year ago. Grand theft showed the largest increase, with 23 incidents this June compared to 16 in June 2014. Under state law, grand theft is defined as a crime in which property worth more than $950 is taken.
Cameras on the street are not a bad idea if they only ran between the hours of say 2am (when the bars close) and sunrise. This seems to be when most of the bashings are occurring. We don’t need them 24/7. Another bartender from The Gold Coast Bar was attacked and severely beaten this year. This is a problem that the city needs to address more aggressively.
Public cameras are a must, in this day and age! If you aren’t breaking the law or being a menace, you will have nothing to worry about-except back up protection in identifying the person(s) who have accosted, mugged or assaulted you! @Alison, stop trolling and a get real! Camera’s are the only solution to make criminals think twice before breaking the law or committing one on an innocent citizen!
If any of the above commentators want to take their suggestions out of these pages and directly to the Captain of the Sheriff’s Department……They should consider attending the “Coffee with The Captain” event this Saturday (7/11) at 10am at Council Chambers.
This is a concern. I know of one restaurant that has had to hire security to protect their customers and their employees.
Maybe it’s time for a Business Improvement District (BID) to be forced onto the bars and clubs. Those establishments that are creating the condition should pay for the extra security……be it more sheriffs, more Ambassadors or surveillance cameras.
When some people come into our city they believe causing total havoc is acceptable since it’s OK in their neighborhood. I no longer live near the gay bars but instead just south of the House of Blues. That club often caters to undesirables who then terrorize our neighborhood after HOB closes. Screaming, fighting, vandalism is the norm. I’m sure many will celebrate the July 31 closing of this club which has been a total pain in the butt since it opened
There was a another hip hop type event at the Factory on Sunday night…coincidence?
While I think it’s horrifying that these sweethearts were attacked, I can’t pretend I’m surprised. It seems to me that Weho is not the gay haven it once was. I don’t even feel like I can be gay there anymore. I don’t even feel comfortable talking to men in west hollywood because they might be straight and they might get offended and they might get crazy. And On that note, I’m tired of seeing a pack of 20 women accompanying one gay man. I just wish I had some options of where I can go and meet a bunch of… Read more »
The need for monitoring of the bars by Alcohol Beverage Control is in dire need. People visit our city over drinking and bars over pouring, they spill out into the streets causing havoc. If you think these attacks are a crime wave rolling into weho, you need a reality check. The majority are gay on gay and alcohol related. Can the sheriff do more?? Sure have a deputy assigned to walk every drunk home or to their car, that way no one has to be accountable. The assault this article is referring to happened at the closing of Rage. Their… Read more »
Yes to cameras. I know from personal experience that the Sheriff’s station is pretty lame about their response and assistance to increased crime in our neighborhood. I have personally – frustrated about their inaction – brought a guy into their station once; his backpack containing my stolen phone, to be informed that a “citizen arrest” was not within law and order… I’ll be outspoken about the lack of security provided by the WeHo Sheriff station until change is initiated!
I think @saveweho nailed it. I see more tension on the boulevard as straight guys walk in groups and make comments about gay people seems like a big step backwards for Boystown. And what’s up with @Alison? This had to be some kind of weird parody account, right? Haven’t we all learned not to blame victims? Could you imagine some of this stuff being said about women being assaulted? It’s shameful.
Alison, your consistent lack of sympathy for anyone else is mind-blowing. It shows up in comment after comment, article after article, and yes, I agree with SE that your homophobia is thinly disguised, at best.
@Alison….your vitriol seems to be nothing less than anti-victim. I honestly think that you are someone just trying to get a rise out of people. Rhetoric like yours is not healthy at a time when most are worried for their safety.