Billy Mandrick a Homosexual beaten to unconsciousness and robbed
Kasey Maffey a Homosexual beaten and robbed
Kyan Loredo a Homosexual attacked at Gunpoint and robbed
Yesterday afternoon Mayor John Duran allegedly held an emergency/secret meeting with bar owners & the Weho Sheriff's Dept. to implement "damage mitigation" only to be greeted by camera crews when the secret meeting adjourned.
"This is what happens when people try to do investigations through social media. You know somebody, who knows somebody. Before you know it there are a rash of gay beatings going on, it's not true."
We did speak to several members of the community who shared the following reactions to the Mayor's 11 o'clock news interview with channel 4:
John Carvalho, LGBT Advocate
"Wrong. Social media tips us off to clear trends that are happening but are under the radar on a certain level. If Duran was smart, he'd look into all of these reports rather than downplay them. You know...for whatever reason, I was surprised by Duran. I shouldn't be surprised by these guys anymore, but it still happens. He really sounded like an old-time straight and out-of-touch politician--the kind of politician Duran would have... protested back in the day. I hope he gets some backlash for his comments. It's clear WeHo City Hall is super sensitive about this issue (not to the victims), which tells me something is definitely wrong...is Duran more concerned about nightlife dollars than real people?"
Patrick Range McDonald, LA Weekly Reporter / West Hollywood Voter
"I hope that the recent attacks are a wake up call to the citizens of West Hollywood & to our local officials. We need to watch out for each other."
Woody Woodbeck, Prominent Promoter
"But these attacks are happening, there are pictures!"
KingQueen, Local Musician
"I am truly shocked and disappointed by the statement given by Mayor Duran to NBC. Duran should have utilized this opportunity to create safety awareness for our citizens & bar patrons ... but all I got was some lousy SPIN"
Lucas John, West Hollywood Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board Member
Here is Mayor Duran's delayed response:
We have had 3 incidents in the past 2 weeks that involved physical attacks on 3
victims. Both the Sheriffs Department and City hall take these violent crimes
very seriously. West Hollywood is not immune to the criminality that exists
around greater Los Angeles. I think that some LGBT people think muggings "could
not happen in Weho". These crimes do happen! After clubbing, never walk home
drunk alone at night. Be aware of your surroundings. Be wary of dark hiding
places. Muggers want your wallet. Bashers want you dead. Some criminals want
both. Crime in West Hollywood is statistically down. But we should never let
our guard down 365 days a year.