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Hermosa Bar Fight Escalates to Stabbing

Two victims were transported to the hospital and one suspect was arrested.

  • Here's an updated article that amends the prevous police report that the verbal argument began in Sharkeez: 

A verbal argument inside Baja Sharkeez late Sunday night resulted in two being stabbed outside the bar when the fight turned physical on Pier Plaza, according to Hermosa Beach Police Detective Mick Gaglia.

As many as 10 individuals were believed to have been involved in the fight. An unknown object was used to stab the two male Hispanic victims who were taken to an area hospital, said Gaglia.

One of the suspects, a black male, Dimetrick Richmond, 26, of Whittier, was arrested under suspicion of attempted murder a few blocks away after police responded to the 11:40 p.m. Sunday call, Gaglia said. Richmond was arrested after being positively identified as having been involved in the stabbing and is being held on $1 million bail, said Gaglia.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact HBPD Detective Michael Frilot 310-318-0332 or email him at mfrilot@hermosapolice.org.

Reality check September 03, 2012 at 11:18 PM
hermosa is turning into a toilet because of all trash that comes in on the weekends from the surrounding cities. STAY THE F**K OUT OF HERMOSA. you dont belong, no one wants you there. you will not get laid, you will go home even more broke than when you arrived and you will still be fat, ugly and uneducated.
South Bay Local 35+ Years September 04, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I blame AMERICAN JUNKIE for bringing the town down. Any place that makes the idea of being ANY type of JUNKIE "trendy" or "cute" is bad news and asking for wrecklessness. I wish city counsel had been able to stop it from coming here because I believe they (and the balance of long time locals) saw this coming. This is just the beginning. With a place like American Junkie, it's going to take a long time to turn Hermosa back around into a mello beach scene again.
North Hermosa Resident September 04, 2012 at 01:04 AM
This is case in point that Fiesta Hermosa needs to end.
Robert Davidson September 04, 2012 at 01:08 AM
And why no report on what I understand to be another stabbing and crime late late Saturday night - about 3:15am Sunday morning a police helicopter buzzed the houses along the Strand from about 15th Street to 22nd Street for over 15 minutes at very low altitude (with spotlights) looking for a suspect (or suspects) involved in a felony and assult I've been informed. Why no news on what this incident was about? Were the people involved caught and arrested?
Lifelong Resident of Hermosa! September 04, 2012 at 02:17 AM
You mean "The White Trash Swap Meet"!!! Why do we have two of these stupid things a year? On both three day weekends??? When their basically the same exact thing!!! A bunch of crap being sold by "carnies" is not what our city needs! The old argument that they bring business to downtown Hermosa doesn't float anymore...the city is doing fine on it's own and the crowds would be there anyway! Most residents hate these damn things as well!!!
Reality check September 04, 2012 at 02:22 AM
"South Bay Local 35+ Years" im sorry but you are a fool. American junkie is decorated with skateboards and other 80's type regalia, nothing to do with ghetto trash that flock to the pier. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about, since Sangria was a MUCH larger draw to the ghetto trash than any other bar on that pier. I will agree that at night time, they still get a rough crowd in Junkie. Also, read the article. The fight started in Sharkeez, which holds about 15 people but they let in 500. Until the police on the pier start jamming up these ghetto idiots and bars enforce some kind of dress code, you are going to continue to see gang banger and cholo trash on the pier every weekend.
Reality check September 04, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Michael Burlett, it looks like your comment got deleted, but I will respond to it anyway since you called me a jacka$$. Where did I say I wanted everyones good time to be forfeited? Are you able to comprehend the English language? May you are referring to the dress code point I made? Im not saying to have a shirt and tie dress code, but no more baggy white t's etc. Studio (The old Shore) has a dress code at night now and its a much better crowd. Pull your head outta you know where.
Hector Hernandez September 04, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Let your voice be heard at the city council meetings. Ask the council to hire a chief of Police like El Segundo's, nobody even tries to mess around in El Segundo. Their police force has sent a message loud and clear.
Lifelong Resident of Hermosa! September 04, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Unfortunately, our police force has had their hands tied, by a City Council that's spineless and unwilling to back them. So that they can do their job! You're right as far as the decor in American junkie is concerned, but the crowd in there is crap, just as it is in Sharkeez! I see down below where you mentioned Studio has a better crowd due to its dress code, to be honest I haven't been there since it changed hands, so it would be unfair to say anything...one way or another. Things do need to changed, Pier Ave., from Hermosa Ave up, has become really nice! It's just a shame that the situation west of that is overshadowing it!
Lifelong Resident of Hermosa! September 04, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Solid point!
steve charney September 04, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Dear "Lifelong" what makes you an expert on what most residents think? I am a 30 year resident of Hermosa and I enjoy and appreciate the Fiesta twice a year. Along with my family and many local families. AND, what does the drinking crowd in the bars have to do at all with Fiesta Hermosa?
South Bay Resident September 04, 2012 at 05:45 AM
American Junkie is NOT to blame. Same stuff happened when it was Sangria. And the idiots in the fight were a Sharkeez. Hermosa has changed for the worse. The city politics are to blame. Yes the same vendors show up every year selling the same crap. There are a few that have respectable art to sell. If you want change then go to a city meeting and voice your opinion. What happened sucks but none of the persons involved are from the South Bay. Vote to add more police presence on nights like these. If you are against it you are part of the problem.
southbay born & raised September 04, 2012 at 10:03 AM
If you didn't notice the fight started in Sharkeez and ended infront of American Junkie. American Junkie had nothing to do with the incident except be the located next to sharkeez which attracts the most inlanders of all. Sharkeez has been over serving eager inlanders for years with there various bowl drinks.
Allison September 04, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Are you sure it was around 3:15am? I'm trying to piece that night back together and I remember the helicopter around the life guard tower near 15th street.
lynne pope September 04, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I heard they caught the person from a reliable source. I don't know what he did.
Jim Whelehan September 04, 2012 at 03:22 PM
What we are seeing in Hermosa Beach is exactly what we knew would happen. It is all about marketing. With Facebook and other social media sites, the word spreads alot further than Hermosa Beach. Hermosa is still a getaway location, it's fun, and people want to enjoy our bars. However, codes and rules do need to be enforced. Sharkeez is way overcrowded for the size of the place. Owners and bar managers need to enforce the codes which are on the books. As a homeowner in Hermosa, I am not like others who say "get rid of the Fiesta" or "shut down the bars earlier". These bars and restaurants bring lots of tax dollars to our city. But owners need to take more responsibility for policing their own establishments.
Dave Andrews September 04, 2012 at 04:14 PM
The police should set up strict DUI and License checkpoints for every exit choke point out of the city each from Thursday-Saturday. They will make their money back off of all of the drunk drivers. This will also scare off other people coming into town in the future. You can blame places on the pier and Fiesta Hermosa but Club 705 had a shooting a few months back and that is off Pier and Ardmore. Fiesta Hermosa raises money for the city, schools, and churches. Just parking alone can get the school $10k over the weekend that is very badly needed.
Jim Freeman September 04, 2012 at 05:56 PM
It might help if your City Council prioritized public safety but they clearly do not. They're more concerned about cutting Police and Fire by 27% and chasing them out of Hemosa Beach than protecting us. Soon the gangs will take over Hermosa and it will be like a war-zone where no one I know will want to hangout and visit much less live or work there. You can thank your brilliant Council Members the next time you see them!
matt hoffman September 04, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I could not agree more. Rap music and hiphop sh*t attracts the low-life gangsta crowd. Who the hell goes out to have fun carrying a knife? You carry a condom, as there will never be a shortage of stupid young blonde bimbos who think it's 'cute' and 'hip' to date a ghetto rat black guy to piss off Daddy. When i worked as a dj locally I was enlisted at numerous clubs to change out the music and chase out the low-life crowds, and keep the beach people in the beach clubs. The ghetto-zation of the youth has helped lead to this. Clue: you are supposed to ASCEND in life, not descend and embrace ghetto culture.
Gretchen Kix September 04, 2012 at 09:02 PM
As a 33-year resident, I agree 100%. More and more trash comes in. I call Dispatch because of the loud partying being carried on the greenbelt at 2 in the morning when I'm try to sleep. Many drunk patrons walk up to the greenbelt carrying on in loud voices full of profanity, and oh yeah, use the gbelt as the world's largest public toilet. It's already the world's largest dog toilet. The Dispatch operator didn't even know what the greenbelt was when I called. I said it was between Ardmore and Valley and he kept saying, "which side".
Anne Watson September 04, 2012 at 09:57 PM
About 16 years ago, my husband an I moved to Hermosa because we fell in love with this quaint little beach town. 6 years later, we bought a house there - but, oh, how it has changed. The insanity of beach scene has deterred me from going to the beach when I know its busy. I didn't even go near the beach this last weekend. It's sad to watch the tattoo parlors come in and the constant influx of people just wanting to get trashed. Hermosa is more than a party town for some of us. Maybe it's the City Council, maybe it's the greedy proprietors who don't care what goes on once the tab is paid. It's our city - if we want it, it's up to us to take it back. Show up to the City Coucil meetings and become involved. Nothing will change on its own.
Reality check September 05, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Im glad most agree with me and the DUI checkpoint is a brilliant idea.. low lifes with outstanding warrants and on parole will think twice about coming to hermosa if they set up a checkpoint a couple weekends in a row. Hermosa is only a toilet on weekend nights. the pier during a saturday and sunday day is a great time with peaceful people looking to have a good time. it isnt until the sun goes down do you see the low life ghetto trash come in from miles around to try and get laid and/or cause trouble. its pathetic. you see them in droves.. fat ghetto slobs sitting on the pier benches with no money, wearing baggy white t's or a jersey of some sports team they obsess over because they have nothing else in life. just looking for trouble or the .000000000001% chance that a female will look at them with anything but contempt and disgust. i wish i could scream in these peoples faces with a megaphone to GTFO.. hey, maybe i will do that lol.
Chris September 05, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Sounds like Hermosa is really messed up. For the life of me I can't understand why the HPD or their city counsel would not go for the choke out DUI / warrant check. As a father of twin girls I hate going to the HB pier due to all the thuggy wanna be patrons.
betsy September 05, 2012 at 01:02 AM
As a resident of Hermosa, I have noticed that the crowd in Pier Plaza looks rougher. The loud music from American Junkie and now Sharkeez (to match them) helps to rev everyone up. You can hardly chat on the Plaza or eat at nearby restaurants with outdoor seating because of the sound. I would like the city to do a analysis of whether the tax revenues from the bars covers the additional cost of the extra police protection the bars require.
Steve B September 05, 2012 at 01:21 AM
South Bay Local 35+ years, you are a complete dip shit.. The Bars on the pier have nothing to do with the trash that is around here. If bars didn't exist we would have a lot more problems with violence and everything else. Unless you are really boring and have no friends i'm pretty sure you go out to bars and have fun??? Get a life and stop blaming American Junkie on this.
BT September 05, 2012 at 03:23 AM
It started around 2am on 21st street and lasted until about 5:15am. Police chopper was around 3:30 if I remember correctly. I wonder why there hasn't been a story too. Rumor has it was 3 folks were jumping people as they walked home from work. I think all 3 were arrested one being tazzered (sp?), another being shot in the thigh, and maybe the third was caught later on (not too sure about this).
southbay born & raised September 05, 2012 at 07:22 AM
When the stabbing occurred there was not any police presence, the police and ambulances took over 15 minutes to arrive (probably due to the closed off streets of Fiesta Hermosa). My question is, where were the police on pier? Why doesn't the city hire private security for pier plaza much like public malls do?
kelvin r gray September 05, 2012 at 11:28 AM
People act the way they dress...period. This has been proven over and over again in countless cities ALL OVER THE WORLD. Step up the dress code and leave it there!
SS September 07, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Take another look at the name American Junkie. The word 'junkie' essentially means an addict, so American Junkie would mean that you're addicted to being an American. What's wrong with that?

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