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Outstanding Effort Locates Domestic Violence Incident

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The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station deserves major kudos today for an effort to locate a domestic violence situation in progress.

A call came in to the station at about 6:15pm tonight, however it was interrupted before much information could be collected, including the location of the incident.  But it was clear that a heated fight was underway.

Undeterred, the watch deputy, Steve Fryworth, and his team at the station’s desk began working with whatever information they had. They quickly located the nearest mobile phone tower that transmitted the call, using the E911 system.

That sent deputies to the area of Beverly Blvd, near Doheny, to try to locate the parties.  The area is in a triangle where the City of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and West Hollywood come together.

They then replayed the 911 recordings and listened very carefully for additional clues to provide to deputies in the field. Fryworth concluded that the call was likely placed from a shop or a residence, and he could hear the female yelling “get out!” at the man.

Eventually the located incident on the 100 block of South Wetherly, just southeast of Beverly and Doheny, assisted by another call to the station, and as the woman made her way out to the street.

Fortunately, she wasn’t injured badly.  The male remained inside the apartment, apparently tearing it apart. Deputies brought him out and detained him.

Although the incident fell outside of West Hollywood boundaries, deputies handled the incident while LAPD was notified and pending their arrival.

LAPD officers didn’t respond for quite some time. They were notified around 6:45, according to Weho Daily’s records, but LAPD officers had not even been assigned to the call when Weho deputies called back to check the status at 7PM.

At that point, the watch commander at the Weho Sheriff’s Station ended up calling the LAPD watch commander to get the call assigned to patrol cars.  They were then dispatched with a 4 to 6 minute ETA.

This slow response was a stark contrast to the extraordinary effort of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, and is an example of why we’re lucky to have the Sheriff taking care of us here in West Hollywood. And in some cases like this, some people near West Hollywood are lucky as well.

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Santa Monica Architect Stabbed in Expo Line Altercation

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Photo: Sam Catanzaro.

By Toi Creel

West Los Angeles (SM Mirror) — Four minors have been taken into custody after a Santa Monica man was stabbed in a violent confrontation on the Expo Line in West Los Angeles.

The incident occurred on the Metro E (Expo) Line Tuesday night at around 8:30 PM.

Former Santa Monica Planning Commission Chair Gwynne Pugh says he was riding the E line back to Santa Monica when two teenage couples, two men and two women, got on the train with a shopping cart filled with alcohol.

Witnesses say the teens were loud, appeared to be intoxicated, and when a […]

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Female Motorist Charged With Assaulting People at Taco Truck

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LOS ANGELES — A 25-year-old woman accused of assaulting people at a taco truck with her vehicle last August has been charged, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced.

Amber Rose Darbinyan of Los Angeles faces three felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, a car, one felony count each of hit-and-run driving resulting in injury to another person and vandalism over $400 damage, as well as three misdemeanor counts of battery.

Darbinyan pleaded not guilty today. The defendant is scheduled to return to court on March 27 for a preliminary hearing setting in Department 37 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

On Aug. 25, 2019, Darbinyan and other patrons were parked in front of a taco truck in Hollywood when she allegedly rammed her vehicle against a car that was blocking her path, prosecutors said.

If convicted as charged, the defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of eight years and four months in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, Hollywood Station.

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Brother of Bezos’ Girlfriend is Allegedly Attacked in WeHo

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Brother of Jeff Bezos girlfriend attacked by man screaming ‘f**k you’ just days after filing lawsuit against Amazon boss

WEST HOLLYWOOD (The Sun) — THE BROTHER of Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend was attacked in the street by a man who threatened to kill him and whacked him with a bike – just days after filing a defamation lawsuit against the Amazon chief.

Michael Sanchez, 54, was approached by a man on a bike screaming: “F**k you” and “Don’t ignore me” before the suspect picked up the bike and struck him with it, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s report, obtained by The Sun. Michael Sanchez filed a police report about the alleged attack The suspect also allegedly screamed “I’m going to kill you” according to onlookers to the incident, which took place in West Hollywood on February 5.

The alleged attack happened just days after Sanchez […]

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