Santa Ana businesses offer reward for leads in nightclub beating

Business merchants in downtown Santa Ana are offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the people involved in the beating of a young woman outside of a club there over the weekend.

A woman in her 20s, whose name was not released, was taken into custody Monday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily harm to the victim, identified by family and friends as Kim Pham, a Westminster resident.

Santa Ana Police, however, continue to search for two other women and two men involved in the assault and are asking the public's help in identifying them.

The incident took place Jan. 18 as patrons waited to get into the Crosby, a popular nightspot in the city's historic district.


Police said Pham was hit and stomped after an argument between two groups. Detectives said they don't believe the two groups knew each other, and they don't know what prompted the argument.

An eight-second video of the beating posted online shows a group of people in a violent scrum next to a utility box near 4th Street and Broadway. As a security guard in a dark blue jacket approaches, at least one person is seen kicking at something on the ground.

Some of the bystanders can be seen pulling people away from the melee, while others watch or record the struggle on their cellphones.

Pham remains on life support. Her sister recently wrote on her Facebook page: "Our beloved sister, daughter and friend Kim (Annie) Pham passed away on Sunday … Kim is currently on life support because her wishes had always been to help others by being an organ donor."


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