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A Kim Pham arrest update has been provided by Santa Ana police. One of the five suspects in the brutal beating of 23-year-old Kim Pham has been arrested. The suspect is reportedly a woman from Santa Ana and in her 20s. The woman has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and causing great bodily harm, reported the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 20, 2014.

The Kim Pham arrest was made by police early Monday. Detectives in Santa Ana used a video that was taken by a bystander to identify one of the suspects involved in the nightclub beating of Kim Pham. Police are still searching for two other women and two men.

According to Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, a Santa Ana police spokesman, the brutal beating of Kim Pham occurred early Saturday morning just before 12:30 a.m. as Kim Pham was waiting with friends outside the Crosby, a popular nightclub in Santa Ana’s historic district.

While police do not know what prompted an argument between two groups of people, by the time police officers had arrived at the nightclub, Kim Pham had been kicked and punched about her body and her head to the point that she went unconscious.

“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. One woman in the video twirls her hair as the fighting continues.”

According to the above report which shows the beating in front of Crosby, police are asking that anyone who can identify a person involved in the beating to please contact them.

The female suspect arrested in the violent beating of Kim Pham is only described by police to be in her 20s and from Santa Ana. Spokesperson Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said the name of the arrested woman would not be released until the others -- two other women and two men -- are apprehended.

Detectives are continuing to review surveillance video from nearby businesses and to look for witnesses and bystanders who recorded videos of the incident.

In addition to the Kim Pham arrest update, the young victim’s family posted on Facebook that Kim Pham remains hospitalized on life support as doctors wait to use her donated organs. “Our beloved sister, daughter and friend Kim (Annie) Pham passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 12:36 PM. Kim is currently on life support because her wishes had always been to help others by being an organ donor.”

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