2nd woman arrested in connection with death of Annie Kim Pham outside Santa Ana club

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A second woman was taken into custody Friday in connection with the beating death of a woman outside a Santa Ana nightclub.

Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas declined to identify the suspect, other than to say she was a 27-year-old Santa Ana resident. He did not immediately provide details on her arrest.

A second suspect, 25-year-old Vanesa Tapia Zavala, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a second-degree murder charge stemming from the death of Annie Hung "Kim" Pham, 23, who was beaten around 12:20 a.m. Saturday while waiting to get into the Crosby Bar and Nightclub at 400 N. Broadway.

Although she was declared brain dead Sunday, Pham remained on life support while her organs were harvested, but she was taken off life support Tuesday and died around midday.

Zavala remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

Rojas said Zavala was with a group of people leaving the club when a "verbal and physical altercation" occurred. Rojas said police have determined that only three women were involved in the attack on Pham, despite earlier reports that five people were being sought.

Rojas provided a photo of another woman being sought in connection with the beating, although he said police did not know her name. He also said police are hoping to question two men who are considered people of interest in the case.

On Thursday, autopsy results were released showing that Pham died of complications related to blunt force trauma to the head.

Pham graduated from Chapman University last year with a psychology degree and had worked to raise money for breast cancer awareness, the Orange County Register reported.

Downtown Inc., a coalition of Santa Ana businesses, offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the attackers. The city matched the reward, bumping it up to $10,000.

Anyone with information or cellphone video of the brawl was asked to call police at 714-245-8390.

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