A 27-year-old woman was arrested Friday, following the arrest of Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 25, who has been charged with murder. Police have released a photo of a third woman wanted for questioning.
Santa Ana Police
Police have released a photo of a person of interest in the nightclub beating of Kim Pham.
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A second woman has been arrested in the death of the 23-year-old woman who was beaten to death outside a Santa Ana, Calif., nightclub.
The 27-year-old woman was arrested Friday, the second captured in relation to the death of Kim Pham, a Westminster woman who died of blunt force trauma to the head early last Saturday morning.
Another woman, 25-year-old Vanesa Tapia Zavala, has been charged with murder and held in lieu of $1 million bail after her arrest earlier this week.
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Kim Pham via Facebook
Kim Pham (pictured), 23, was fatally beaten following an argument early Saturday morning while waiting to get into a Santa Ana nightclub called The Crosby.
Pham’s friends said the argument started early Saturday morning as the woman was waiting in line to get into The Crosby. Pham allegedly walked in front of a group of revelers who were trying to take a picture.
A verbal argument quickly escalated into a physical altercation. Pham was reportedly knocked onto the ground while tussling with another woman. A third person came onto the scene and kicked Pham in the temple. She immediately slumped to the floor, which caused the fighters to flee.
"One kick and she was out cold," Jason, a witness, told the Daily News. "No one touched her after that."
Vanesa Tapia Zavala has been charged with murder and held in lieu of $1 million bail after her arrest earlier this week.
Cops released a photo of a third woman, who remains on the loose and is wanted for questioning.
"We are looking for the third person. This is the one person that has not been identified," Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas told KNBC-TV. "She was involved in the physical altercation, and we are naming her as a person of interest at this point."
(From left to right) Marisol Meza, Ruben Mata and Tony Galvan stop to look at a street-side memorial for Kim Pham. Local businesses and the city’s government have drummed up $10,000 for information leading to the arrests of all suspects.
Rojas would not speculate about what sparked the vicious brawl, but Jason, a witness, told The News Pham threw the first punch in the brutal altercation. Jason, who told The News he was waiting in line to get into The Crosby but was not associated with the brawling groups, said he didn’t know what sparked the fight.
A defense attorney for one of the suspects corroborated Jason’s account to the L.A. Times.
“Nationally, Ms. Zavala has been vilified and the poor lady that died has basically become a saint,” Michael Molfetta told the Times. “I’m sure she was a lovely woman and had a great future ahead of her, but Ms. Zavala is a good woman too.”
Zavala, the mother of a 5-year-old boy, claims she was injured in the altercation as well, and did not deliver the fatal blow.
Local businesses and the city’s government have drummed up $10,000 for information leading to the arrests of all suspects.
Pham was a Chapman University graduate who dreamed of becoming a writer and a talk-show host. She was declared brain-dead shortly after the incident. Her family kept her on life support until Tuesday in order to donate her organs
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/arrest-made-beating-death-kim-pham-santa-ana-nightclub-article-1.1590642#ixzz2rMWCS0EO
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