By Ryan Gierach, West Hollywood, California
Peace officers did their share of disturbing said peace in WeHo’s Mid-City this morning.
A helicopter with a deputy braying over a loudspeaker circled the area around Santa Monica Boulevard between Crescent Heights Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue this morning, waking hundreds of residents from their slumber.
According to Sgt. Rasmussen, watch commander at West Hollywood Sheriff Station, a brawl erupted somewhere around the club called DBA at 7969 Santa Monica Boulevard after closing hour..
He did not know whether the fight began inside or outside the club.
Apparently, the brawl involved quite a number of people, although Sgt. Rasmussen said he could not provide an estimate on how many people were involved in the fighting.
Sgt. Rasmussen also indicated that the crowd of onlookers was also “very large,” but again, could not say whether the number was in the dozens, scores or hundreds because of an “ongoing investigation by detectives.”
Although the crowd was “very large,” said Sgt. Rasmussen, it seemingly was not large enough to bring in assistance from other agencies, as is the usual case for a large, unruly gathering of party-goers.
The Sheriff regularly calls in Beverly Hills PD or LAPD to lend a hand with crowd control or a street fight.
Sgt. Rasmussen did not know how many Sheriff patrol cars or deputies responded to the chaos, but noted that the helicopter was called in and began operating around 2:35 am. (updated, Monday, 1:00 pm).
There was one arrest made; a man, whom the Sheriff declined to identify for the same reason given above, of an unknown age and ethnicity was charged with battery, given a bail of $250 and, according to Sgt. Rasmussen, “will probably be issued a citation.”
The chopper made many circles around the crowd with the loudspeaker blaring “Go home. Walk to your cars and go home or you will be arrested. Leave the area,” and other iterations of the message for at least 15 minutes.
One of WeHo News’ neighbors, Elizabeth L. (she chose to remain anonymous) noted that she was glad that her young daughter, not quite two, was a sound sleeper.
“She slept through it, but my husband and I couldn’t. The bullhorn was the worst.”
The number of complaints and questions fielded by WeHo News indicate a “very large” number of people were woken in the night by the helicopter and the loudspeaker.
There are no estimates available on how many, though.