An Asian American woman (who has not yet been identified by the press, by request of family) was brutally beaten and later died (as reported by OC Weekly) after a fight outside of The Crosby, a Santa Ana (Orange County, California) nightclub, in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 18, 2014.
Evidently, the young woman was waiting in line with friends to enter The Crosby, when an argument ensued with another group of people in line (reportedly “three females, two males, all Hispanic between 20 and 25 years of age”). The argument escalated and after the victim fell to the ground the assailants continued to stomp and kick her until she was unconscious. The police responded and she was rushed to the hospital, where she later passed away.
New Santa Ana asks if this event was racially motivated as this is not the first time an Asian American was killed in the same area. In 2010, Jeffrey Lee Chung was shot and killed after partying at a different bar in the Artists Village area of Santa Ana.
A memorial has sprung up on an electrical box near where the woman was left unconscious, with flowers and posters asking any witnesses to step forward.
Police are also seeking help from the public for any videos or photos taken of the incident:
Detectives request community and witnesses assistance in assault case, they believe there was cell phone video taken during incident
On 1-18-14, at approximately 0023 Hours, patrol officers responded to a report of an altercation at 400 N. Broadway. 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 alocal 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.
The subsequent investigation revealed the victim was waiting to enter a downtown establishment with her friends when an argument ensued with another group of patrons. The argument escalated into a physical altercation which resulted in the victim being injured.
Detectives from the Crimes Against Persons Unit are currently investigating the incident and are asking that anybody who witnessed the incident or those who might have information including cellphone video contact their office at (714)245-8390 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.
Santa Ana Police Department
60 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92701