The boyfriend of a woman shot during an armed robbery of a man’s high-end watch at an upscale Beverly Hills restaurant initially thought he was caught in the middle of a drunken fight.
Drew Hancock was dining at the Canon Drive eatery with his girlfriend when three suspects targeted another diner for his Richard Mille watch worth an estimated $500,000.
Hancock, who was seated about 10 yards away from the commotion, initially thought the ruckus was alcohol-related and stood up to protect his girlfriend.
“It was kind of crazy,” Hancock told KNBC. “I stood up because I’m a big guy and people generally calm down when I’m around. I immediately turned toward my girlfriend and as I was throwing her and her friend through the doorway, there were shots.”
One of the rounds grazed the calf of Hancock’s girlfriend, Amanda, he said.
Hancock characterized the three masked suspects who demanded the Richard Mille RM 11-03 rose gold Flyback Chronograph watch from another diner as “young” and “loud.”
“They were demanding the guy’s watch,” Hancock said, adding that he heard a total of four shots ring out during the high-end heist.
Hancock’s girlfriend, whose suffered a graze wound to her calf from a ricocheting bullet, was later released from a hospital Thursday, KNBC reported.
The robbers, who ran off on foot, appeared to be targeting the man’s expensive watch rather than the celebrity hotspot, a law enforcement source who requested anonymity told the Los Angeles Times.
The victim, meanwhile, said one of the suspects had a gun and put the weapon to his head, KNBC reported.
“He put it in my head,” the man, identified only as Shai, told the station. “He said give me the watch.”
The man only said the stolen timepiece was a “nice watch,” but friends said it was as Richard Mille worth $500,000, KNBC reported.
Asked what he thought about being targeted for his watch, the victim said he’s considering leaving Los Angeles.
A second person was also treated for injuries at the scene, but wasn’t shot, police said.
Beverly Hills police responded to the scene just 90 second after the initial robbery 911 call was received at about 2:09 p.m., police said in a statement.
Another witness, Danielle Mortensen, said she heard people screaming at the restaurant before seeing a person in a black sweatshirt sprinting away from the scene.
Investigators have said seven people have been robbed of “high-end jewelry” and Rolex watches between Jan. 30 and Feb. 15 in west Los Angeles neighborhoods bordering Beverly Hills, including nearby Wilshire, the Times reported.
The suspects used “multiple types of vehicles” and apparently target victims as they leave restaurants and store in the area,” Los Angeles police said in a news release last month, according to the report.
“In most instances, the suspects wait for victims to walk to their vehicle and reach an isolated area before they attack them at gunpoint,” police said.