LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer announced today that his office has successfully prosecuted Sylmar’s Arka Sangbaran Oroojian, after he allegedly punched two women in the face at a downtown LA hot dog stand in January.
"This was a brutal assault," said Feuer. "Attacks like this have no place in our City and won’t be tolerated."
On January 26, 2019, Arka Sangbaran Oroojian allegedly got into an argument with a hot dog vendor near 6th Street and Spring Street. Two women who witnessed the clash came to the defense of the vendor. The argument escalated when Oroojian reportedly punched the first woman in the face. The second woman tripped Oroojian, causing him to fall to the sidewalk. Purportedly he then got up and punched each woman in the face, knocking them both down. As they attempted to get up, Oroojian again allegedly punched them in their faces and ran away.
On May 28, 2019, Oroojian pled guilty to two counts of battery [Penal Code 242] - one count per victim - and was sentenced to three years of summary probation, 30 days of county jail and 30 days of community labor. He was ordered to complete 24 anger management classes and ordered not to possess any weapons, including guns, while on probation. Further, Oroojian accepted liability for the victim's injuries and agreed to pay them restitution. He was ordered to stay 100 yards away from each victim as well as from the location of the incident. Finally, he was ordered to write an apology letter to each woman.
On January 30, Oroojian turned himself into LAPD Central Station after video of the 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 was prosecuted by Deputy City Attorney John Snow.