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Trang Thu Pham

Case # 18CF2388



Date: August 24, 2018

WOMAN CHARGED WITH VANDALISM AND HATE CRIMES AGAINST TWO BUDDHIST TEMPLES IN ORANGE COUNTY

*Defendant was out of custody after being convicted of vandalism of a religious property

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A woman was charged today with vandalism and hate crimes against two Buddhist Temples in Orange County.

“An attack on one religion is an attack on all. We must stand up to bigotry and respect everyone’s right to worship,” stated District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

Defendant: Trang Thu Pham, 49, Santa Ana

Charged today with the following felony counts:

  • (4) Vandalism – damage $400 or more
  • (4) Vandalism of religious property
  • Sentencing Enhancements
  • Hate crime

Prior Convictions

Vandalism, grand theft, and hate crime against the same Buddhist Temple in Santa Ana in 2017

Maximum Sentence: 12 years in state prison

Arraignment ion Aug. 24, 2018, 10:00 a.m. at Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • On July 5, 2017, Pham was sentenced to two years in county jail for committing grand theft and hate crime vandalism of religious property after stealing three gold statues from a Buddhist temple in Santa Ana. She was released with credit for time served.
  • On Aug. 8, 2018, Aug. 14, 2018, and Aug 21, 2018, Pham is accused of vandalizing and damaging property at the Huong Tich Buddhist temple in Santa Ana by using a rock to break off the hands and fingers of a number of statues.
  • On Aug. 21, 2018, the defendant is further accused of vandalizing and damaging the property at the Phuc Quana Buddhist temple in Garden Grove.
  • Pham is accused of damaging this property due to the temples being Buddhist places of worship.
  • The damage to all of the statues is estimated at approximately $100,000.
  • The Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) and Garden Grove Police Department (GGPD) used surveillance footage from the temples to identify the suspect and arrested Pham on Aug. 22, 2018.
  • SAPD and GGPD investigated this case.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Chrisopoulos, Special Prosecutions Unit.

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The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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