Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies have increased their presence near La Brea and Santa Monica Boulevard on the east side of West Hollywood following two unrelated violent incidents that have shaken area residents. The most recent incident was a non-fatal stabbing on March 3, which followed a murder earlier this month in which a transgender woman allegedly stabbed her longtime male partner (possibly husband), causing his later death.
The latest attack appears to be random.
Earlier on the evening of Wednesday, March 3, Kieth (proper spelling) Vroman-Nagy, 26, speaking incoherently, approached two women waiting for an Uber ride on La Brea and stabbed one of them in the arm. The victim was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center with what appeared not to be a life-threatening wound, Sgt. Jeff Bishop of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station told the Los Angeles Blade.
Vroman-Nagy fled on foot after recovering the weapon but was arrested at about 2:00 a.m. after a brief search by Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments. Vroman-Nagy, whose last known address was in the Redding area, frequents the La Brea-Santa Monica area at the West Hollywood-Hollywood border.
Vroman-Nagy was arraigned in LA County Superior Court Wednesday morning and faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of drug-related paraphernalia.
He is being held at the Men’s Central Jail on $50,000 bail.
Deputies say the second incident, on March 4, appears to be related to domestic violence. Bernar Jivan Arlain, 32, died following a verbal argument that turned into a physical altercation with 45-year-old Tamyka Arlain, a transgender woman with whom deputies say he had a long-term relationship.
Tamyka Arlain allegedly stabbed Bernar Jivan Arlain, the man to whom she was apparently married, in front of a McDonald’s at 1153 N. La Brea and fled. Investigators say that Bernar Arlain staggered around the corner, leaving a trail of blood, and collapsed near a bus kiosk at 7111 Santa Monica Blvd. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
“The following days we searched for the suspect, we interviewed a lot of witnesses, we searched for video, which led us to the suspect,” said Sheriff’s Det. Joe Mendoza.
Tamyka Arlain was arrested March 13 at a coffee shop near Downtown LA. She pleaded not guilty to murder charges on March 22 and is being held without bail pending a hearing on May 16.
Arlain has apparently not yet legally changed her name and is therefore identified in legal records as Carl Jonathan Edwards. She has a long history of arrests, dating back to 1991, for charges including prostitution, drug possession and arson. She has been sentenced to prison several times, including in January, when she was sentenced to one year of probation on drug-related charges.
The couple’s social media pages show them living in the Inland Empire as recently as 2016, though deputies say that interviews with witnesses, friends and family members have led them to believe that the two were homeless at the time of the stabbing incident. Bernar’s Facebook page also announced his marriage to Tamyka in 2015, the last post appearing there, though it’s unclear if the couple was legally married.
“The city and our department—we’ve hired extra foot patrols down in that area, both day and night, just to show a presence in that area so that people feel safe,” Bishop told the Los Angeles Blade.