Karen Ocamb

LAPD Looking for Suspect in Brutal Beating of Transgender Woman In Hollywood

Filed By Karen Ocamb | October 28, 2010 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Hollywood, LAPD, Los Angeles, transgender violence

LAPD investigators are looking for five suspects who may have been involved with a brutal attack on a transgender woman Suspect in trans beatingin Hollywood.

The 25-year-old victim left a bar frequented by gay Latinos near the intersection of La Brea and Melrose avenues around 1:00 am on Oct. 4. Apparently she was approached by three women and two men who followed her and attacked her - leaving her with a broken jaw and cheek bone. A surveillance camera at the medical marijuana store next door caught the victim talking with some of the people believed to be her attackers. Police are looking for the five people caught on tape, especially the shirtless man in this still taken from the video.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

"According to witnesses, the attackers were beating and kicking the victim in the middle of the street, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Mitzi Grasso. The victim was kicked in the face and was hit on the head with a bottle, leaving cuts on the victim’s neck.

The victim, who lives in the San Fernando Valley, is 5′4″ and 125 pounds. Police have not yet classified theTrans woman before beating attack as a hate crime but said the investigation was continuing, said Grasso, who called the attack “unusually vicious.”

The suspects fled in a white Chevy Suburban. Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD Wilshire Division’s Major Assault Crimes Section at (213) 922-9234 or (213) 922-8268. During non-business hours or weekends, callers can try 1-877-LAPD-24-7 or anonymously contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, (800)-222-8477.

Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most key pads) using a cellphone. All text messages should begin with the acronym LAPD. Tipsters can also go to www.LAPDOnline.org, click on “web tips” and follow the prompts.

There is an LGBT Police Forum on Thursday, Nov. 4 from 6:00-8:00pm at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center's Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, LA 90028. In addendence will be LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, Assistant Chief Sandy Jo Mac Arthur, Capt. Beatrice M. Girmala (from the Hollywood area), and openly gay Police Commissioner Rob Saltzman. Also there will be the LAPD's new LGBT Liaison – Officer Cassandra Maura.

No doubt the community will have a few questions - such as: why did it take three weeks for the LAPD to draw public attention to this vicious attack? And, why is it not considered a hate crime if the victim is transgender and was known to have come out of a gay bar? I have a question, as well: Why does the LGBT press have to find out about the “unusually vicious” beating of a transgender woman from the mainstream media and not directly from the LAPD?

Image: Surveillance video shows the victim being approached by the suspects. Credit: KTLA via LAPD

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My heart goes out to her. While the police are not calling it a hate crime (seriously! are they that stupid?) it is. Transgender people who are attacked in this manner are typically ...well, taken for Cis-Gender females, then the men/boys clock the Trans/Gender Variant person as 'not Cis' and attack them, usually attacking the face repeatedly.

I know, when I was 13 I was attacked. Broken nose, dislocated jaw, concussion. Same reasons, same type of guys. The police then actually drove by before and after with out doing more than asking my attackers what they were doing and if they did a good enough job.

Hugs to her. I do hope the police find these guys and DO something, that the justice system does something concrete to show that these actions will result in real jail time. Otherwise it will just cause more of these events.


The reporter in this video is a total airhead. She said "it left a 25-year old woman who was dressed up like a man..."

She literally is unable to say it correctly because she wants to just call the victim a man so her mind is twisting it up. She knows the person who was attacked is a transgender woman but her lizard brain wants to just call her a man. Oy.

Let us know about any updates, Karen. I really appreciate the heads up. These stories need to be out there where everyone can see where transphobia leads.

Every day something like this seems to happen. It's terrible!

It's an incredibly scary thing, indeed, reading this story. I do want to offer one bit of correction; La Brea and Melrose is in West Hollywood, not Hollywood (too far south for Hollywood). For some reason I can't read the source article at LA Times.

It's almost surreal at times, especially to think of it happening in what is otherwise an LGBT friendly city. The Trans community in particular has a few havens in the SF Valley, as well, and that note has led me to believe it may be a personal friend of either mine or my girlfriend's.

Speaking of whom, my GF and I have really sobered up on this issue out of safety, despite starting out very open (we're both transwomen) with PDAs.