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2nd Suspect Arrested In Attack On Transgender Woman

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HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the May 31 beating of a transgender woman.

Samuel Garunts, 21, was arrested about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and booked on suspicion of felony battery, Los Angeles police Officer Drake Madison said.

Police say a group of suspects attacked the then-22-year-old transgender woman in the 6200 block of Hollywood Boulevard about 2:15 a.m. on May 31. The victim, identified by police only as “Vivian,” was hospitalized for a week with a broken jaw, broken ribs, two fractured eye sockets and other injuries.

Security video circulated by police showed the group of young men knocking down the victim, who was wearing a sheer dress, and then delivering several kicks to her head and body.

In June, police arrested Nicol Shakhnazaryan, 21, who has been charged in the attack. He has been ordered to stand trial and is scheduled to be arraigned in November.

Garunts was released on $50,000 bail Thursday and a tentative court date has been set for Nov. 18, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

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