Ariz. Agent Warns About Open House Attack

March 17, 2015

A Phoenix area real estate agent is coming forward after she says she was sexually assaulted during an open house Sunday. She is warning other agents in the area to be on alert because she's scared the man will strike again.

The female agent says that during a lull in the open house on Sunday, a man posing as a prospective buyer from Canada walked into the home in the Gardens subdivision in Gilbert, Ariz. The man told her he had gotten a job in the State of Arizona and needed to purchase a home quickly. The female agent described the conversation as "uncomfortable" as he asked if she was alone and if she had a pedicure recently.

The agent said the man then fondled her, before grabbing her business cards and fliers and leaving the home.

"He had me completely pressed against a wall … I couldn't stop staring at his skin, it was so close to me and disgusting," the female real estate agent told reporters. "[I’m] humiliated, embarrassed that I let that happen to me. I know how to protect myself, I know how to box, I've taken self defense courses. I had mace with me. I had a knife with me. I didn't use any of it.”

Gilbert police continue to investigate. The female agent described the man to police as a white man, 5 feet 9 inches tall, in his 40s or 50s, weighing 300 pounds or more, light brown or blonde hair, with a tattoo of a knife on his right forearm.

The female agent came forward after hearing about another agent in Mesa, Ariz., who had been threatened by a man a week ago matching the same description.

"This guy is out there, and he could do it to someone else," the agent told reporters.  

Source: "Real Estate Agent Attacked in Gilbert; Suspect on the Loose," FOX10 KSAZ (Phoenix, Ariz.) (March 16, 2015) and "Real Estate Agent Attacked at Open House in Gilbert," News (March 16, 2015)