Los Angeles Daily News, CA
Jan 2 2008


Fatal bar fight sparked over broken necklace

An unidentified Armenian man accidentally broke a Latino man's
necklace doing a dance move

By Jason Kandel, Staff Writer
Article Last Updated: 01/02/2008 11:21:50 AM PST


WOODLAND HILLS - A fight at a Woodland Hills nightclub that left a
man fatally wounded from head wounds after Thanksgiving was sparked
inside when someone accidentally broke a man's necklace while dancing
on a dance floor, a detective said today.
Some 100 people were inside the Red Square nightclub at 20001 Ventura
Blvd. on Nov. 24 when the fight broke out between a group of Latinos
who were celebrating a Latin-themed night and a group made up mostly
of Armenians who were celebrating a birthday, said Los Angeles Police
Detective Joel Price.

An unidentified Armenian man accidentally broke a Latino man's
necklace doing a dance move, sparking the fight. Security guards
escorted the brawlers outside where more fights broke out, Price
said.

At one point, Sidney S. Singleton, 19, and Dimitri Hermozshamoun,
19-year-old friends from Glendale, confronted Marco Antonio Herrera,
exchanged words with him, then struck him, knocking him down, before
stomping and kicking him, police said. Herrera died at Northridge
Hospital Medical Center three days later from major head trauma.

In a twist, Hermozshamoun and Singleton, returned Dec. 29 to the club
not knowing Herrera had died. Someone recognized them and called
police, Price said. Police recognized Singleton's face from a
surveillance image taken from a nearby gas station where the suspects
went after the attack, Price said. The men were arrested without
incident and were being held on murder charges at the Los Angeles
County Jail, police said.

The suspects admitted involvement in the fight, telling police they
felt outnumbered and threatened, Price said.

It did not appear that Herrera was involved in the fight inside that
sparked the fracas out front, police said. Police were seeking to
question the men involved in the initial fight.

At the time of his arrest, Hermozshamoun was on probation stemming
>From grand theft conviction from March 2007, according to Los Angeles
Superior Court Records online. Singleton has an arrest for a
marijuana possession charge that was dismissed in October 2007,
records show.