Los Angeles Police have arrested a suspect after video below showed a man shoving a real estate agent to the ground and groping her at an open house in Los Angeles.
Alen Karaboghosian, 45, was taken into custody Tuesday night, NBC News reported. He was booked on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon and could face additional charges. Authorities said “bodily force” is considered a deadly weapon.
The incident happened at about 3 p.m. Sunday after a Keller-Williams Realty agent showed Karaboghosian a house in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Encino. Surveillance video shows the agent and Karaboghosian walking outside and the woman telling him to leave.
“You saw the house. You’re done. That’s it,” she says in the video shown below.
Karaboghosian briefly takes his baseball cap off his head, looks up at the camera and smiles. He then shakes the agent’s hand and violently shoves her, causing the woman to fall backward into a bush. As the woman screams for help, he puts his hands on her chest and then runs off.
The 51-year-old woman who has not been identified, said she was left shaken by the encounter. “I couldn’t sleep. I keep watching the video and crying,” she said.
Since the video was released, two other real estate agents have come forward and said that they believe that Karaboghosian had groped them at other open house events, NBC News reported.
The agent said she became concerned and when she asked him to leave and the man tried to hug her. The woman said she pushed Karaboghosian away and he grabbed her chest before fleeing. The woman said a week after the incident, she saw him riding a bicycle repeatedly past a house she was showing.
Police said they believe there may be other victims who are not real estate agents. Karaboghosian’s bail has been set at $130,000.