Tag: WeHo Crime

Body Builder Wards Off Would Be Robbers

March 4, 2024 ·

Random bodybuilder. Photo by Charles Gaudreault.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On February 28, at approximately 2 p.m., a West Hollywood dog walker fought off would be thieves who attempted to steal his watch. The victim of the attack was later identified as Rocco DiStefano, 29, who is a body builder who owns The Lab Athletic Club located at 8305 Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood.

The incident was captured by surveillance cameras outside the gym showing DiStefano stepping out of the gym in his gray sweat suit, his Rolex on his arm, and his small white dog at the end of a leash.

Three suspects in a black Cadillac sedan rode up beside DiStefano, jumped out and charged at him.  “When I turned around, it was three armed men running up on me. One had a gun,” DiStefano told KTLA. The armed suspect threatened the victim, telling him to “take it off,” pointing to the watch and give it to him, or else he’d shoot him.

DiStefano, who is a trainer by trade has spent some time in the boxing ring. His techniques helped him fend off his would-be robbers, and they all left empty-handed.

Canyon News reached out to Rocco DiStefano, also known as, “Rocco the Chemist,” for a more information, but did not hear back before print.

By Sharon

Vandal Shatters Window At Yogurt Stop

November 16, 2023 ·

By Dominique M.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On November 15, reports confirmed that the old Yogurt Stop storefront located at 8803 Santa Monica Blvd was vandalized. A witness first told WEHO Times that the vandal used a large wooden plantar left outside the building to shatter the storefront glass.

The Yogurt Stop was a trendy treat for West Hollywood during the peak of the frozen yogurt craze. Customers could help themselves to the client friendly yogurt machines carrying a multitude of flavors, with a variety of toppings available for the yogurt connoisseur’s individual taste.

After 15 years of service, the Yogurt Stop shuddered its doors for good. On October 1, the former store owners thanked the community on their Instagram page for over a decade of support.

“Thank you for 15 years of friendship and support. We love you so much and appreciate you. We would love to be of service to you for the next 15 years, but as we don’t own the land, we don’t have a say in the matter, we love you! Come by tomorrow to say hello — not goodbye. We are part of our wonderful community and will always be around. We love you and, again, couldn’t have done it without your love and support.”

Canyon News reached out to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, but did not hear back in time for print.

By Sharon