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53-year-old hairstylist beaten outside nightclub in West Hollywood

53-year-old hospitalized after brutal beating outside West Hollywood nightclub
53-year-old hospitalized after brutal beating outside West Hollywood nightclub 03:11

The family of 53-year-old Albert Vasquez is asking for the public's help finding the person responsible for brutally beating the hairstylist, who is gay, outside a West Hollywood nightclub nearly two weeks ago. 

"It's 10 days now and we don't have anything," sister Gloria Jimenez said. "He's only saying he was attacked."

Jimenez said her brother and friends went back and forth between Gym Bar and Heart WeHo located on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood when Vasquez was beaten outside. She hopes witnesses who saw what happened come forward with more information about the possible suspect.

"We know he was with certain friends at a bar and from that bar he walked to another bar because they were next to each other," Jimenez said. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said they received a call for someone in need of medical attention around 11 p.m. on April 5 but did not find Vasquez. Jimenez said her brother was taken to the hospital by an EMT. Investigators said deputies learned about the attack four days later after Vasquez woke up after surgery.

"His skull was fractured in two places," she said. "He had part of his scalp removed to allow his brain to expand because of all the inflammation that the brain's going through."

Vasquez moved from New York to West Hollywood during the pandemic. His family fears that this attack may have been a hate crime.

"We've heard different things and we're not sure what to believe at this point," Jimenez said. 

While there were security cameras on the street, Vasquez's family has not been able to see any footage, and it's unclear if deputies have either. 

It's not clear if Vasquez suffered permanent damage in the beating. However, he's expected to need therapy to learn how to walk and speak in the future. 

The family hopes someone who witnessed the attack will step forward to help deliver justice. 

"God is great," Jimenez said. "We trust in God that the truth will prevail."

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