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Nicol Shakhnazaryan Arrested in Hollywood Transgender Attack

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Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM
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Bad news for Hollywood tourism hit just as summer's official, opening weekend is upon us.

First we learned that a transgender woman was severely beaten by as many as four thugs on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Then this tragedy: A 23-year-woman was fatally stabbed by panhandlers on that same tourist strip. Fortunately justice appears to be swift:

The LAPD today announced that one suspect has been arrested in the transgender attack.

See also: Hollywood Panhandlers Who Stabbed Woman Over $1 Had Records, Police Say.

The department said Nicol Shakhnazaryan, 21, was arrested in Van Nuys during a search-warrant operation last night.

He was booked on suspicion of battery and was jailed in lieu of more than $1 million bail, cops said.

The department says the FBI has joined the search for as many as three others and that the case is being investigated as a "possible hate crime."

See also: Transgender Woman's Hollywood Beating by Thugs Captured on Video.

The victim, identified by cops only as "Vivian," was attacked by thugs at 2:15 a.m. on May 31, police said. The violence put her in a hospital for seven days, according to the LAPD.

The other suspects are still being sought. Check out the video, above: If you think you know who they are, detectives would love to hear from you: 213-972-2967

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