The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has filed one count of assault with the intent to commit a felony and another count of attempted robbery against a 23-year-old Whittier, Calif. man who allegedly attacked a woman in a Downtown elevator as she was making her way to work.
Authorities say Anthony Tigran Arutunian followed the woman into the elevator after she parked her car in a subterranean garage on the morning of July 11, 2012. As soon as the elevator doors closed, Arutunian allegedly physically attacked the woman, who was able to fight him off. Arutunian allegedly ran out of the elevator when the doors opened on the ground floor of an office building on Santa Monica Boulevard.
On Oct. 23, Santa Monica Police Department investigators received information from the county crime lab that evidence collected at the crime scene was linked to a suspect listed in the Department of Justice DNA databank. The suspect was identified as Arutunian, police said.
On Oct. 25, in the early morning hours, officers from the SMPD saw Arutunian leave his home and took him into custody.
Prosecutors filed the charges against him on Oct. 29 at the Airport Courthouse. Bail was set at $135,000.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact (310) 458-8944 or the watch commander (310) 458-8495.