Authorities say a man arrested for assaulting a real estate agent during an open house in California has attacked at least four other women this year.
Alen Karaboghosian, 45, was charged with assault with intent to commit rape and four counts of sexual battery, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.
He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Friday and is being held on a $180,000 bail, a district attorney’s office spokesman said.
The Los Angeles-area man was arrested days after a 51-year-old woman reported being attacked and groped by a man during an open house in Encino, California.
Karaboghosian has been accused of assaulting four other women, including another real estate agent, in multiple incidents since February, the district attorney’s office said.
Three of the victims said they were groped on public streets, the office said.
It was not immediately clear whether Karaboghosian, a resident of Encino, has a lawyer. He has not yet appeared in court.
Agent attacked outside front door
The real estate agent was at an open house Sunday in Encino when the suspect approached her, police said in a news release.
The two had been talking outside the front door when the man removed his hat and looked into the camera, surveillance footage released by police shows.
Surveillance footage shows the two talking outside the front door. The man’s face can be seen as he removes his hat and looks into the camera. Then, after shaking her hand, the video shows the man pushing her to the ground and running to stand over her.
The video does not show what he did when she was on the ground. The woman said the man fled the scene.
Deputy District Attorney Brendan Sullivan said he allegedly pushed her to the ground in an attempt to sexually assault her.
The woman sustained minor injuries to her leg, but she told CNN affiliate KCAL she might have suffered much worse if not for her screaming.
“I think he would have raped me, that’s No. 1, and he would have killed me,” she told the station.
The agent said she had seen the man before.
Because of that feeling, she asked a friend to stay with her during Sunday’s open house. But once that friend left, the man arrived, KCAL reported.
Feeling uncomfortable, she directed her conversation with him to the porch, the station reported. She said the man asked her to show him the closets, to get him a water and to use the bathroom, but she declined to go in the house with him.
She says she does not know if she will continue to work as a real estate after the attack. CNN does not publish the names of sexual assault victims who request anonymity.
The real estate agent was injured with bruises and cuts during the incident but is OK, her manager, Bob Siegmeth from Keller Williams Realty in Porter Ranch, said.
It’s been traumatic for her, Siegmeth added.
CNN has contacted the real estate agent but she said she was not ready to comment.
After video of the attack was shown on television, several people have come forward to report being the victim of a physical or sexual assault by the same man, police said.
CNN’s Cheri Mossburg reported from Los Angeles. CNN’s Nicole Chavez reported and wrote from Atlanta.