Woman shot dead in ‘absolutely chaotic’ Beverly Hills watch theft speaks out
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Amanda Shawhan was scraped in the calf while dining at Il Pastaio on Thursday afternoon – moments after a trio of thieves arrived behind jewelry dealer Shay Belhassen and stole his $500,000 Richard Mille watch.
Belhassen fought back, but one of the suspects got away with the expensive piece.
Four shots rang out during the struggle – one of them grazed Shawhan.
“Imagine someone straps a firecracker to your leg and then sets it off” she told KCAL-TV. “It was absolutely chaotic.”
“Obviously everyone at the restaurant, their life is definitely changed for having had this experience,” Shawhan added.
His attorney, Joseph Low, called Beverly Hills “a new hunting ground for those looking for a quick scrap.”
“It can get violent, it can get deadly and it needs to be fixed,” he told the station.
Shawhan was not the only person injured in the flight.
As the the thieves left with the watchthey slammed another spectator to the sidewalk.
“He came behind me and crushed me to the ground,” the victim, who declined to be named, said recently. “I thought I had been shot. The pain and the way I was thrown to the ground, I thought one of the bullets had hit me.”
Since the incident, the city has added a dozen armed guards on foot, as well as six additional security patrol cars, according to the report.
Beverly Hills Police Chief Dominick Rivetti called Thursday’s incident “an anomaly,” according to the report.
“And it won’t happen again,” he added.
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