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Suspects sought in brutal attack on transgender woman

October 28, 2010 |  8:46 am

Los Angeles police investigators continued their search Thursday for five suspects in connection with an attack on a transgender woman in Hollywood that left the 25-year-old victim bloodied and battered with a broken jaw and cheekbone.

The victim had just left a bar near the intersection of La Brea and Melrose avenues early on the morning of Oct. 1 when she was attacked by three women and two men. According to witnesses, the attackers were beating and kicking the victim in the middle of the street, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Mitzi Grasso.

The victim was kicked in the face and was hit on the head with a bottle, leaving cuts on the victim's neck.

The victim lives in the San Fernando Valley. Police have not yet classified the attack as a hate crime but said the investigation was continuing, said Grasso, who called the attack "unusually vicious."

The suspects fled in a white Chevy Suburban. Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD Wilshire Division's Major Assault Crimes Section at (213) 922-9234 or (213) 922-8268.

During non-business hours or weekends people can call (877) LAPD-24-7 or anonymously contact Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) using a cellphone. All text messages should begin with the acronym LAPD.

Tipsters can also go to www.lapdonline.org, click on "report a crime" and follow the prompts.

-- Andrew Blankstein