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Hairdresser brutally attacked in West Hollywood; Family seeks justice

Alberto Vasquez found with fractured skull, family pushes for arrest

Alberto Vasquez, a hairdresser, was brutally attacked in West Hollywood on April 5 and found with a fractured skull and bleeding blood in the parking lot of a bar in the city. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) transported Vasquez to a hospital the next morning, where he had been in critical condition for two weeks, according to his family. They said: “We are relieved that he is expected to survive, but he will require multiple operations, may have brain damage and still has a long road to recovery.”

Vasquez's family pushed for an arrest and release of security footage from the local bar Heart Weho, where the attack is believed to have occurred. They set up an Instagram account, “Justice For Albert,” to demand action in the case. In a March 18 post, the account said: “We continue to work to ensure that all those responsible are held accountable and we will continue to support Albert on his long road to recovery, but yes, this is a positive step forward .” Thank you to Heart for sharing the video footage, ten days after it was reviewed and discussed internally. We look forward to seeing ALL the footage soon.”

A GoFundMe has been set up to cover the costs of his medical bills and recovery.

A press release from the West Hollywood Sheriff's Department said: “On Friday, April 5, 2024, at approximately 10:40 p.m., the victim attempted to enter a nightclub in West Hollywood. The suspect, who worked as a security guard, denied the victim entry because the victim could not provide proper identification. Both the suspect and the victim engaged in a verbal and physical altercation, during which the suspect punched the victim once in the face. The victim fell to the ground and was transported to a nearby hospital.

The suspect was identified and arrested for aggravated assault. Anyone with questions or information regarding this incident is asked to contact Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department West Hollywood Station Detective Lombera at (310).
358-4028.”

The Heart Weho bar issued this statement on April 15: “Heart WeHo remains deeply committed to the safety and well-being of our community.” We are aware of the April 5 incident and have been actively engaging with the sheriff's office since its inception. West Hollywood Department worked together to assist in the investigation. We have given the authorities full access to our security footage. We urge anyone with additional information about this incident to come forward and assist the West Hollywood Department in its efforts to keep our neighborhood safe.”