I can’t understand why the Santa Ana Police Department has released so little information about the 23-year-old woman (who is named Kim Pham, according to one of our readers) who was attacked while waiting to get into The Crosby. (UPDATE: One of our readers commented that there are now memorial signs at the site of the beating that indicate she has passed away from her injuries and her death has been confirmed by the OC Weekly). The police did admit that the attackers were ”a group of five individuals that are only described as three females, two males, all Hispanic between 20 and 25 years of age,” according to ABC News.
So why isn’t the SAPD telling us anything else? Their initial press release about the attack didn’t even note that it happened at The Crosby, a hipster bar/restaurant that is too small to be a nightclub but pretends to be one anyway. All the SAPD noted in their release was the address that the attack happened at.
I have to wonder if the victim of the attack was Asian. A Korean fellow from Irvine was killed a couple years ago after partying at the Proof Bar, which is located not far from The Crosby in Downtown Santa Ana. Are these attacks racially motivated?
And should we have seen this coming? Go to Yelp and you will see that many folks have complained about the lack of seating at The Crosby and the long lines to get in. One commenter on Foursquare summed it up this way, “Don’t go on Saturday nights.” The young lady in question was attacked on a Friday night so that commenter may want to amend his comment.
Other questions I would like to see answered include:
- Why did it reportedly take the police twenty minutes to show up at the crime scene when the SAPD HQ is a few miles away from The Crosby?
- Where were the Downtown Santa Ana security guards that Downtown, Inc. pays for?
- What about the Crosby bouncer who tried to stop the fight, according to video posted by NBC? Why did only one bouncer get involved?
- Why did witnesses supposedly take pictures and video with their cell phones, during the attack, instead of helping the young woman?
- Did the attackers look like gang members?
- Was this the beginning of knockout attacks in Santa Ana?
The victim is on life support, according to comments left on The Crosby’s Facebook page. UPDATE: One of our readers commented that there are now memorial signs at the site of the beating that indicate she has passed away from her injuries.
If you have any information about this attack please contact the Santa Ana Police Department at 714-245-8390. People wishing to remain anonymous can call the Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS or by texting “OCCS” and the tip to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) from a cellphone.