The man who allegedly shoved and groped a realtor during a caught-on-video attack Sunday was charged Friday with assaulting five women over the last year — including another realtor.
Alen Karaboghosian, 45, was charged with one felony count of assault with intent to commit rape and four misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.
The felony charge relates to the recorded assault of the real estate agent on Sunday that unfolded after she showed him a house listed for sale in Encino, prosecutors said.
He allegedly pushed the woman to the ground in an attempt to sexually assault her, according to Deputy District Attorney Brendan Sullivan.
In four previous incidents dating back to February, Karaboghosian allegedly groped another real estate agent during a different open house and three other women on public streets, the prosecutor said.
If convicted as charged, Karaboghosian faces up to eight years in state prison.
In the brazen, broad-daylight attack Sunday afternoon, the suspect looked up at the surveillance camera, smiled and then pushed the realtor with such force, she flew backwards off the raised stairway, toppled over a plant and landed on her back atop some vegetation and pavement below.
“Seeing my legs in the air, it’s like a movie. I couldn’t believe he made me fly in the air like that,” the woman told the Daily News in a phone interview.
Granted anonymity as the victim of an alleged sex assault, she said the man seemed to be trying to lure her into a back room before he pounced.
“He kept having excuses like, ‘Can I have a bottle of water? Can I show you (something about) the closet? Can I use the bathroom?’ I just told him I had clients coming who were lost in the area and I had to wait for them outside,” she said.
“I think maybe he gave up on me and got angry after so many tries. Like he was studying, studying and then he failed and was upset,” she said.
“He looked at the camera so many times then shook my hand, like he wanted to put me at ease and make me think I was safe. Then he attacked,” she told The News.
“When he threw me down, he grabbed my chest. I think that’s what he was going to do inside, like he was after rape. I don’t want to think about it,” she said.
The woman first shared disturbing video of the incident with NBC Los Angeles, and it quickly went viral.