Santa Ana, California – Police have arrested a female suspect in connect with the death of a 23-year-old woman who was brutally beaten as she waited in line outside a California club on Saturday night.
The victim, identified by friends as Kim Pham, was declared brain dead following the attack in Santa Ana in the early hours of Saturday and relatives told KTLA on Monday that she had passed away.
The suspect hasn’t been named, but is described as in her 20s and has been arrested for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and causing great bodily harm.
She is one of five suspected attackers – three woman and two men – who are believed to have carried out the heinous attack.
Authorities are urging witnesses or anyone with any information about the attack to come forward.
Pham was waiting with friends outside The Crosby, a club in downtown Santa Ana, when an argument broke out with another woman, whose friends then stepped in.
‘Two or three of the female suspects knocked her to the ground, were physically assaulting her and kicking her, and they fled the scene,’ Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told KABC.
CBS Los Angeles reported that a bouncer tried to break up the fight but was unable to. When the assailants ran away, Pham was left unconscious on the ground.
She 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.
But authorities are 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’.
No arrests have yet been made.
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.
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.