A 23-year-old Whittier man has been charged in connection with the July assault of a woman in the elevator of a parking garage, Santa Monica police said.
Anthony Tigran Arutunian was arrested late last month after police say evidence collected at the crime scene matched a sample of Arutunian’s in the Department of Justice DNA databank, Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Arutunian Oct. 29 with one count of assault with intent to commit a felony and attempted robbery, Lewis said.
The incident occurred at about 9 a.m. July 11, after a woman arrived for work and parked her vehicle in the subterranean garage of a building on Santa Monica Boulevard.
The woman told officers that she then got into an elevator, where a suspect allegedly physically attacked her once the elevator doors closed, Lewis said.
The victim fought back and the suspect eventually ran out of the elevator when the doors opened on the ground floor, Lewis said.
After police were notified by the Los Angeles County Crime Lab of the suspect’s match in the DNA databank, officers saw Arutunian leave his residence early Oct. 25 and arrested him a short distance away, Lewis said.
Bail was set at $135,000.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information is asked to contact Det. Phillip DeRyck at (310) 458-8944, Sgt. Darrick Jacob at (310) 458-8460 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.