Vivian Diego
Cops Arrest Second Suspect in Trans Woman's Hollywood Beating

By Sunnivie Brydum

Originally published on Advocate.com October 24 2013 7:46 PM ET

Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department have arrested a second suspect in connection with a vicious beating in May that left a transgender woman with a broken jaw, shattered cheekbone, and two cracked ribs. 

Los Angeles CBS affiliate KCAL reports that officers aren't releasing information about the newly arrested suspect, but noted that the authorities planned to do so at a press conference Thursday. 

Vivian Diego, a 22-year-old transgender woman, was walking toward the Metro transit station on Hollywood Boulevard at about 2:30 a.m. on May 31 when a group of four men jumped her and began punching and kicking her, Diego says. Diego spent a week in the hospital after the attack, and her mouth was wired shut while she recovered. 

Police offered a $65,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the four suspected men involved in the attack, and arrested Nicol Shakhnazaryan, 21, of Los Angeles, in June. Shakhnazaryan pleaded not guilty to charges of battery with serious bodily injury, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and a special charge of great bodily injury, according to KCAL

Watch KCAL's report below: