Californian police have arrested a female suspect after it is said she fatally attacked fellow nightclub goer 23 year old Kim Pham.
The attack came this Saturday after Kim Pham was waiting in line with friends outside a Santa Ana club, The Crosby. It wasn’t until an argument broke out between Pham and another woman that Pham was viciously assaulted, kicked at by as many as 4-5 assailants as she was pushed to the ground. After being left unconscious the assailants are said to have made a get away.
The attack would left Pham brain dead. It wasn’t until yesterday however that Pham’s family told that their daughter had passed away.
The suspect hasn’t been named, but is described as being in her 20s and has been arrested for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and causing great bodily harm. She was identified pursuant to video footage of the attack filmed by a bystander.
Told Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna: ‘People have come forward that have provided us with videos and have come in and provided statements that have given detectives enough information to believe that this person was involved in at least the physical part of this altercation.’
To date cops are still looking for four other suspects, two men, two women believed to have been involved in the attack.
Downtown, Inc, a a group of local Santa Ana leaders, business owners and residents, and representatives from the venue where the incident took place are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the individuals responsible for Pham’s attack.
During the milieu a bouncer had tried to break up the fight but was unable to.
Pursuant to the attack, Pham was rushed to hospital and listed in extremely critical condition, but on Sunday, her sister wrote on her Facebook page that doctors had confirmed Pham was brain dead.
Hours later, her sister shared a link on Facebook saying that her sister had been murdered. Santa Ana Police have not yet confirmed Pham’s death.
Authorities are now appealing for witnesses to come forward with footage of the attack after receiving reports that club-goers had taken out their cell phones.
One video posted on Facebook claims to be from a friend of the victim, although authorities have not yet confirmed its veracity.
The 10-second clip shows a person lying on the floor as they are surrounded by a group of people. A guard can be seen attempting to separate the crowd as witnesses look on, horrified.
Bertagna added that authorities were looking for ‘a group of five individuals that are only described as three females, two males, all Hispanic between 20 and 25 years of age.’
To date some commentators on the web have suggested the violence may have been the result of racial tensions. Whilst others have wondered if the death was even more hideous because of Kim Pham’s natural beauty.
Told James Kendrick, a local businessman: ‘I just think it’s really sad that on Friday night all these young people were down here to have a good time, and this incident happened.’
‘I mean it doesn’t make sense to me, and it doesn’t make sense to the community how a nice young lady standing in line can be pulled out of line and beaten up by five people.’
Memorial posters and flowers were placed outside the club, and friends and relatives spread posters online pleading for information into the attack.
A donation page was also set up for the family, but Pham’s sister later said that they did not want to receive donations and would be returning the money.
‘I can’t believe something like this would happen to someone, especially my cousin,’ said Kathleen Trinh. ‘She was always a fun loving person. She has a bubbly personality. Anyone that’s around her is always happy, she has an uplifting spirit.’
Pham’s friend Johnson Lam described her as ‘really educated, smart.’
‘She has a lot of friends, you know, and everybody loves her, everybody likes her, and she’s very sweet and kind-hearted,’ she said,
The Crosby is also helping investigators and has posted a message on its Facebook page urging witnesses to contact authorities. It does not have any security footage of the attack.
Anyone with any information is urged to call the Santa Ana Police Department at (714) 245-839. You can also call OC Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.