LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) - A Los Angeles city attorney filed multiple criminal charges on Wednesday against a Sylmar man who was allegedly caught on video punching two women at a hot dog stand in downtown Los Angeles.
City Attorney Mike Feuer announced the charges against Arka Sangbaran Oroojian, 30, on Wednesday. He was charged with five counts of battery. If convicted, he could face up to 30 months in jail and $10,000 in fines.
"We will not tolerate a brutal assault on the streets of DTLA, or any neighborhood," said Feuer.
On January 26, 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 Oroojian causing him to fall to the ground, according to Feuer. Oroojian 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, Oroojian again allegedly punched them in the face before running away.
After video of the alleged incident went viral, Oroojian turned himself into the Los Angeles Police Department Central Station. The victims were taken to a nearby hospital and diagnosed with injuries including a concussion, broken finger and facial bruising.
Oroojian spoke with Fox 11 following the incident, claiming that the women attacked him first.
"I mean, if you look at the video it shows them coming towards me and I was just defending myself and the last thing I wanna do is fight," Oroojian told Fox 11.
The case is being prosecuted by Deputy City Attorney John Snow. The next court date is March 15 in Department 51 of the Los Angeles Criminal Court Building for a pretrial hearing.