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Woman Shot in Leg During Robbery While Dining at Beverly Hills Restaurant

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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

In broad daylight at 2 p.m. on Thursday, a woman dining at Celestino Drago’s Il Pastaio was shot in the leg during a robbery. The victim was a bystander as three masked men targeted another diner’s valuable watch.

The Beverly Hills Police Department told CBS-2 that the suspects were after a customer’s expensive Richard Mille watch valued at $500,000. As the victim dined on the patio with two other guests, three men approached a separate man eating a meal. They allegedly demanded his watch and a struggle ensued. The victim’s boyfriend tried to shield her while rushing inside, but she was injured by a ricocheted bullet. The three suspects fled and another woman was hurt with unspecified injuries as they left the premises. The gunshot victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Celestino Drago owns multiple restaurants throughout Los Angeles, including Celestino Ristorante in Pasadena and Drago Centro in DTLA.

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a similar crime that occurred at the Beverly Grove location of Toca Madera on March 2. The alleged robbers took personal items including handbags, watches, and jewelry. Investigators said it is still unclear if the two crimes are connected.

Gun-related robberies are on the uptick in some West L.A. neighborhoods next to Beverly Hills, reports the Los Angeles Times. But they’re also happening further east. In early February, an armed man allegedly stole chicken and waffles from the Pasadena Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles.

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  • Woman shot in the leg at Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills [CBS-2]