Hollywood Hills News
Man Charged In Hollywood Assault
By Alex Mazariegos
Jul 1, 2013 - 11:24:12 AM

Suspect involved in the assault.
HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Thursday, June 20, the Los Angeles Police Department arrested a 21-year-old man for the beating of a transgender woman on Hollywood Boulevard.

Nicol Shakhnazaryan was charged with battery, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and a special allegation of great bodily injury on Monday, June 24. He pleaded not guilty. If convicted, Shakhnazaryan may serve up to eight years in prison. He is due back in court on July 16 to receive a preliminary hearing date.


Shakhnazaryan is allegedly one of four men wanted for the May 31 assault of a transgender woman. The victim, officially identified as 22-year-old Vivian Diego, was hospitalized for seven days. She suffered a broken jaw, broken ribs, and two fractured eye sockets among other injuries. No other arrests have been made in the case.


The LAPD Hollywood Area detectives have setup an email account at hollywoodcrimetips@gmail.comfor any individual that may be able to provide information on the assault.


Anyone with information on the assault may contact the LAPD investigators by phone at 213-972-2967 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7 during non-business hours and on weekends. Those with information also have the option to go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

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