LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed multiple criminal charges of battery against a Sylmar man, Arka Sangbaran Oroojian, who allegedly was caught on video repeatedly punching two women in the face in downtown Los Angeles.
"We will not tolerate a brutal assault on the streets of DTLA, or any neighborhood," said Feuer.
Oroojian, 30, was charged with five counts of battery. If convicted, the defendant could face up to 30 months in jail and $10,000 in fines. The next court date is March 15 in Department 51 of the Los Angeles Criminal Court Building for pretrial.
On January 26, 2019 Oroojian allegedly got into a verbal argument with a hot dog street vendor in the area of 6th Street and Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Two women who witnessed Oroojian’s behavior came to the defense of the hot dog vendor. An argument between the women and Oroojian escalated to the point when Oroojian allegedly punched the first female victim in the face. A second female victim who witnessed the incident tripped the Defendant causing him to fall to the ground. The Defendant then allegedly got to his feet and again punched each victim in the face, causing both to fall to the ground. As they attempted to get up, the Defendant again allegedly punches them in the face before running away.
Oroojian later turned himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department Central Station after video of the alleged incident went viral. The victims were taken to a nearby hospital and diagnosed with injuries including a concussion, broken finger and facial bruising.
The case is being prosecuted by Deputy City Attorney John Snow.