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Second Suspect in Brutal Beating of Transgendered Woman Arrested

The man is allegedly among a group of men who attacked the 22-year-old victim in the 6200 block of Hollywood Boulevard, near a Metro stop, about 2:15 a.m. on May 31.

The LAPD has released surveillance video and urges anyone with information about the crime to contact police. (Photo credit: Karen Jordan) The LAPD has released surveillance video and urges anyone with information about the crime to contact police. (
The LAPD has released surveillance video and urges anyone with information about the crime to contact police. (Photo credit: Karen Jordan) The LAPD has released surveillance video and urges anyone with information about the crime to contact police. (

By City News Service and Craig Clough

A second suspect has been arrested in the beating of a transgendered woman May on Hollywood Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Times.

No other details on the arrest, or the suspect's name, were immediately available. 

Nicol Shakhnazaryan, a 21-year-old Los Angeles man, was charged in June with the beating of the transgender woman, who was attacked on Hollywood Boulevard and hospitalized for a week with serious injuries.

Shakhnazaryan pleaded not guilty to charges of battery with serious bodily injury, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and a special allegation of great bodily injury.

Shakhnazaryan faces up to eight years in prison if convicted. He was allegedly among a group of men who attacked the 22-year-old victim in the 6200 block of Hollywood Boulevard, near a Metro stop, about 2:15 a.m. on May 31.

Security video circulated by police showed the young men knocking down the victim, who is wearing a sheer pink or orange dress, then delivering several kicks to the head and body.

The woman, identified by police only as "Vivian," suffered a broken jaw, broken ribs, two fractured eye sockets and other injuries that kept her hospitalized for seven days, according to authorities.

A $25,000 reward has been offered in the case. Detectives set up an email account for receiving tips. Anyone with information about the attackers should write to hollywoodcrimetips@gmail.com., or call detectives at (213) 972-2967.

Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move October 24, 2013 at 01:31 PM
3 people attacking one person...that pretty much says it all right there. It's outrageous that these guys thought they could get away with this kind of violence and just walk away.
William Bergmann October 24, 2013 at 02:39 PM
If they are guilty of this cowardly act I hope they enjoy the treatment they will experience in prison for 10 years or so.

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