The Kim Pham murder trail is finally set to begin next week. You may recall that Kim Pham was the young lady who was literally kicked to death by female patrons, including Marie Brito and Vanesa Zavala, of the now-defunct Crosby bar, a hipster joint in Downtown Santa Ana that is now called the North Left.
The Crosby in downtown Santa Ana, which closed indefinitely earlier this year after a deadly beating outside the restaurant-nightclub, has reopened as The North Left, according to the O.C. Register. They opened on June 7, 2014, according to their website.
There is a new chef at this new restaurant – Chef Ryan Adams of Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink in Laguna Beach.
Candace Brito, 27, and Vanesa Zavala, 25, appeared at a preliminary hearing as Pham’s family member wore buttons with the victim’s likeness. Both women had pleaded not guilty to murder, according to KTLA. A judge will decide if there is enough evidence to send two women to trial on charges they stomped and kicked a 23-year-old woman to death in a fight outside a popular California nightclub.
Patricia Navarro, a veteran Santa Ana homicide detective, said a witness reported seeing Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 25, join in a fight that started with a verbal altercation. Zavala and Candace Marie Brito, 27, both office workers from Santa Ana, have pleaded not guilty to murder charges, according to the OC Register. Continue reading
I am trying to figure out why the trial of Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 25, and Candace Marie Brito, 27, who have both been charged with the brutal murder of 23-year old Chapman grad and writer Kim Pham, was moved from the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, to Newport Beach and then, late Monday, it was assigned to West Court, in Westminster, according to the O.C. Register.
As I understand it prospective jurors will be drawn from a Countywide pool, but moving the trial into, essentially, Little Saigon, and out of Downtown Santa Ana, sure looks like a big favor to Santa Ana’s City Council – and to the gentrifiers/hipsters in DTSA. The trial is going to be a media circus and holding it in Santa Ana would have been a daily reminder of how dangerous DTSA can be, for some. Continue reading
Contrary to reports that bystanders did nothing as a 23-year-old woman was fatally beaten outside a Santa Ana nightclub, an Orange County prosecutor said that as many as 15 people tried to come to the victim’s rescue, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“There’s been a lot of misinformation in this case,” OC Senior Deputy District Attorney Troy Pino said outside the courtroom Thursday. “There have been statements that this was a person who was beaten by four to five people while everyone stood around and did nothing except videotape — and that’s not accurate. There were plenty of people who got involved and tried to stop this altercation, plenty of people: security guards, friends of the victim, bystanders,” according to CBS. Continue reading
The hipsters and gentrifiers are trying to argue that all is well in Downtown Santa Ana, in the wake of the brutal murder of Kim Pham, who was literally kicked in the head until she went into a coma, in front of The Crosby, a bar/restaurant. She later died in the hospital.
The Crosby is done. According to the OC Weekly they are not going to reopen. And the Memphis at the Santora is also done. They will apparently be replaced by a “High End Mexican Restaurant,” whatever the heck that is. Imagine the limo liberals from Irvine and Long Beach holding Drinking Liberally in a Mexican restaurant! LOL!
And Jack Jakosky, the owner of the Santora building served eviction notices yesterday on the Studio del Sotano and the Green Door Gallery, weeks after whitewashing a mural at the Santora and painting over the Studio del Sotano’s marquee. Continue reading
A second Santa Ana woman, Candace Marie Brito, 27, has been charged with murder in the beating death of 23-year-old Annie Kim Pham outside the Crosby nightclub, and is scheduled to be arraigned at 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office., as reported by the O.C. Register.
Brito’s arrest was announced Friday by Santa Ana police, who did not identify her citing the ongoing investigation. Continue reading
As Santa Ana police detectives try to make sense of the melee that led to Kim Pham’s death, the investigation is running into a wall of silence. Pham’s friends have failed to come forward. One flatly refused to meet with law enforcement, despite pleas from the police, according to the L.A. Times.
Police Commander Tim Vu, the highest-ranking Vietnamese-American law enforcement officer in Orange County, says distrust of the government is still common among refugees who arrived in the area after the Vietnam War, according to CBS.
Nevertheless additional facts are beginning to trickle out: Continue reading
A 27-year-old woman was arrested Friday morning and a third woman was being sought in connection with a violent beating outside a Santa Ana nightclub that left Kim Pham, a 23-year-old Westminister woman dead, authorities announced during a news conference Friday afternoon, according to KTLA.
Carlos Rojas, Santa Ana’s interim police chief, declined to release the name of the most recent arrestee, citing the ongoing investigation. Police did, however, release a photo of the third woman being sought, according to the L.A. Times. (The photo is below). Continue reading
The Santa Ana Police Department is going to hold a press conference this Friday, January 24, 2014, at 1 pm, at the Community Room at their headquarters, regarding their investigation into the brutal murder of Annie Hung Kim Pham, by bar patrons, last Friday night, while she waited to get into The Crosby, a hipster bar/restaurant in Downtown Santa Ana.
A defense lawyer hired by one of the murderers is now blaming Pham for the attack saying that the Chapman graduate, who was a writer and who worked with several charities, threw the first punch. She was a petite young lady and we’re supposed to believe she attacked her killers? Continue reading
In a blog post, titled: ‘These Are the 7 Biggest Fears That You Need To Avoid Having In Your Twenties’ on the website Elite Daily, Kim Pham called on people her age to stop being fearful, according to the Daily Mail, a newspaper in London.
But that was written before she was beaten into a coma while the 23-year old graduate of Chapman University was waiting to enter the hipster bar/restaurant called The Crosby, last Friday night. Continue reading
Now that Kim Pham, the 23-year-old young woman who was brutally beaten up on Friday night while waiting outside The Crosby, a hipster bar/restaurant/nightclub in Downtown Santa Ana, has died from her injuries one can expect that everything about DTSA will be scrutinized by the press. The same goes for The Crosby.
Bad enough that the police response to the beating was slow and security cameras appear to be nonexistent in DTSA. But The Crosby, as it turns out, also has a not so great health record. In fact their Health Permit was suspended in November!
Here is their entire record of violations, as issued by the Orange County Health Care Agency. This is public information and unfortunately we live in a County where restaurants are not give letter grade health ratings. So you have to click here to look up this info online. Continue reading
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? Continue reading
On 1-18-14, at approximately 0023 Hours, patrol officers responded to a report of an altercation at 400 N. Broadway (The Crosby). Upon arrival, they found a 23-year-old woman on the sidewalk who appeared unconscious. Orange County Fire Authority and paramedics responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where she is currently listed in extremely serious condition. It appears the injuries sustained by the victim were the result of a physical altercation. Continue reading
Can you believe it? On Monday, April 1, 2013, Downtown Santa Ana’s “The Crosby” turns 5 years old! The owners of The Crosby are opening on Monday night at 5 pm for dinner and to celebrate their fifth anniversary.
Several DJs who have either played as guests at The Crosby in the past or who currently have residencies will play a quick set in honor of The Crosby still being here. DJ rotation begins at 8pm and will go until 2am. Continue reading