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Man charged in Los Angeles transgender attack

Posted: June 24, 2013 5:49 p.m.
Updated: June 24, 2013 5:49 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 21-year-old Los Angeles man has been charged in the violent attack on a transgender woman in Hollywood last month.

City News Service reports Nicol Shakhnazaryan pleaded not guilty Monday to battery with serious bodily injury, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and a special allegation of great bodily injury.

Prosecutors say he was allegedly among a group of men who attacked the 22-year-old victim near a Hollywood Boulevard Metro stop.

The victim, who was punched and kicked and knocked to the concrete, suffered broken bones and internal injuries and was hospitalized for a week.

Shakhnazaryan, who was arrested Thursday, faces up to eight years in prison if convicted. The judge set bail at $50,000. Shakhnazaryan is due back in court on July 16, when a preliminary hearing date will be set.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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