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Second Arrest Made In Brutal Transgender Beating In Hollywood

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A second man has been arrested in the brutal beating of a transgender woman in Hollywood this May.

Samuel Garunts, 21, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and booked on suspicion of felony battery, LAPD Officer Drake Madison told City News Service. Garunts was released on $50,000 bail this afternoon and is expected back in court November 18. This June Nicol Shakhnazaryan, 21, was charged in the beating, and he's expected to be arraigned next month.

Vivian Diego, an employee of Eva Longoria's restaurant Beso, was badly beaten and left for dead as she left work on Hollywood Boulevard early in the morning on May 31. Diego suffered from a broken jaw, broken ribs and two fractured eye sockets. Police released video surveillance of the suspects walking down the street, and they believe there were four men involved altogether, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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